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Monday 14 May 2018
No 50,692 £ 1.80
Our writers’ verdicts on a
record-breaking season
Plus Motson
n hangs up
his microphone
Paul Hayward Man City
have moved
the boundaries
Jason Burt Wengerr bids
Premier League farewell
Jim White Genius Salah
has earned Golden Boott
B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
Self-driving cars not
safe ‘in the wild’
Self-driving cars are not safe, as their
engineers cannot predict how they
will behave “in the wild”, a British
expert in artificial intelligence has
warned. Demis Hassabis, co-founder
of the AI specialist DeepMind, urged
caution despite his own position as a
leading researcher into the technology.
“If we are going to have self-driving
cars, well maybe we should test them
before putting them on the road … Is
that responsible, really?”
Business, page 1
world news
Tensions high as
Ivanka arrives in Israel
Ivanka Trump has arrived in Israel for
the opening of the US embassy in
Jerusalem, where she and her
husband, Jared Kushner, will lead the
American delegation to move
operations from Tel Aviv. The transfer
has angered Palestinian leaders. Ahead
of the ceremony, an Israeli military
spokesman said air strikes had
destroyed a section of tunnel built by
the militant group Hamas and which
had been tracked for weeks before
being destroyed just inside Gaza.
Page 14
The veg that does
more harm than good
It’s crucial to eat your
greens ... just not the
ones you think
Page 19
On your feet for the
royal newlyweds ...
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have
opted for a standing-only wedding
reception, with fashionable “bowl
food”. The couple will provide a
combination of canapés and minimeals for guests at the reception, to be
attended by senior members of the
Royal family and hosted by the Queen
– who may be allowed to sit.
Page 3
TV listings
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MI5 chief’s
warning to
Europe on
Jowell to have legacy in cancer care
Unity vital to thwart terror and Russia, says
director-general in first foreign speech
By Robert Mendick chief rePorter
THE HEAD of MI5 will appeal to European leaders today not to put at risk
their “shared strength” by weakening
security and intelligence-sharing after
In a speech to European security
chiefs, Andrew Parker, MI5’s director
general, will tell them that continued
cooperation has never been more crucial in the face of Russia’s “aggressive
and pernicious actions”.
Mr Parker’s intervention, made
pointedly in Berlin – the first time a
serving head of MI5 has given a public
speech on foreign soil – comes at a critical time in Brexit negotiations.
Britain and the EU are engaged in a
bitter row over a post-Brexit security
deal that will intensify as the deadline
for quitting Brussels approaches.
In his address, Mr Parker will say
that “in today’s uncertain world we
need that shared strength more than
ever”, stressing the danger posed by
both hostile states and the “intense and
unrelenting international terrorist
threat” from jihadists.
He will stress that “European intelligence cooperation today is simply
unrecognisable to what it looked like
five years ago” and must be allowed
to thrive.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit
negotiator, is expected to lay out Brussels’ vision on security at a conference
today, having previously said the UK
will cease to have any involvement in
security and defence planning once it
leaves the EU. Last month, the Government threatened to walk out on the
€10 billion Galileo global navigation
satellite system after the EU said it
would block Britain from using the system’s military applications.
The EU has also accused the UK of
“serious deficiencies” in handling sensitive crime data obtained from the
Schengen Information System II, the
EU’s crime-fighting database.
But Mr Parker, in his speech to the
Counter Terrorism Group, comprising
intelligence chiefs from 30 European
domestic security services, will underline the vital operational importance of
EU cooperation to confront the Kremlin’s “deliberate and targeted malign
It will remind his security counterparts of the important role played by
Britain in intelligence gathering and
sharing with member states that are
less well resourced.
He will single out for praise the European-wide Counter Terrorism Group
as the “largest multinational counterterrorism enterprise in the world”
where “real-time intelligence sharing”
involves “thousands of exchanges on
advanced secure networks every
The speech – Mr Parker’s first in
public in seven months – will be delivered at an undisclosed location hosted
by the BfV, Germany’s domestic intelligence service.
In a further demonstration of the importance of EU security partnerships,
Mr Parker will praise the international
support Britain received in the wake of
the attempted assassinations of Sergei
and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, Wilts, on
Continued on Page 4
Dame Tessa Jowell has died at the age of 70, a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer
By Gordon Rayner
and Harry Yorke
dying wish – that NHS
cancer patients be offered
experimental methods of
treatment – will be
granted as part of her
“lasting legacy”, ministers
announced last night.
Theresa May agreed a
new £20 million fund to
fight the disease as she
Kidnappers release British pair in Congo
By Adrian Blomfield in Nairobi
Joel Adams and
Adolphe Basengezi in Goma
TWO British nationals kidnapped after
a deadly shoot-out in a Congolese
national park on Friday were released
unharmed by their kidnappers yesterday afternoon.
Named last night as Bethan Davies
and Robert Jesty, the two Britons were
freed in circumstances as murky as
those of their abduction, nearly 48
hours after they were marched through
the jungle following an ambush on
their convoy just inside the Virunga
National Park. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, announced the release
of the pair, but did not disclose whether
their freedom had been secured
through a rescue operation or negotiations. It was unclear whether a ransom
had been paid.
Dr Davies, 29, and Dr Jesty, 28, who
were on a gorilla trekking holiday,
were treated for “minor injuries” but
were otherwise unharmed, a park
spokesman said. A statement issued on
behalf of the pair, who are believed to
work at King’s College Hospital in Lon-
don, said: “We are very relieved that
there has been a positive outcome to
the kidnapping and are very grateful
for the excellent support we have received. We do not plan to comment further.”
The national park said in a statement: “We can now confirm the release
and safe return of passengers and
driver who are currently receiving support and medical attention.
“Congolese authorities and senior
park staff are working closely with the
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Continued on Page 2
paid tribute to the
“inspirational” former
Labour minister, who died
aged 70 on Saturday night,
a year after being diagnosed
with brain cancer.
As leading figures from
across the political divide
and from the world of
sport united in praise of
the “heroically brave”
former culture secretary
and Olympics minister,
Continued on Page 4
Brexit needs ‘spark of genius’
By Harry Yorke
Political corresPondent
BRITAIN must return to its roots as a
“science and technology superpower”
if it is to make the most of Brexit.
Sam Gyimah, the universities and
science minister, says Britain must rediscover its “spark of genius” and turn
the bright ideas of universities and laboratories into commercial successes.
As traditional revenues from financial services to North Sea oil and gas
decline, public investment must shift
toward an “economy of ideas”. Writing
in The Daily Telegraph, he argues that
Britain must become a global hub for
hi-tech and research-led businesses,
adding that it must grasp the roots laid
down by the likes of Isaac Newton,
Michael Faraday and Frank Whittle.
Mr Gyimah says the Government is
setting aside £4.7 billion to fund the initiative. Today at the British Library, he
joins Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, in launching UK Research and
Innovation, an agency merging eight
bodies that finance academic research.
Sam Gyimah: Page 16
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Tourists driven to
freedom in taxis
after kidnap ordeal
Continued from Page 1
for the repatriation of the British nationals.” British diplomats received the
tourists in Goma, from where they
were to be driven into Rwanda, a Western security source in Goma said.
The pair reportedly share an interest
in exotic travel and conservation. They
co-authored a medical paper managing
disease in intensive care published last
month. Dr Davies’s parents also work in
medicine, while Dr Jesty’s mother is a
retired chaplain and his father a chartered accountant.
A park source said negotiations with
the kidnappers had been under way
since the early hours of yesterday
Rachel Baraka, a
25-year-old ranger,
was shot dead during
the kidnapping
morning. The kidnappers had initially
demanded a ransom of $200,000, later
reducing their price to $30,000, a park
employee said. The handover of the
hostages was personally overseen by
Emmanuel de Merode, the Belgian
prince who manages the park, and Gilbert Dilis, the park’s security chief, the
employee added.
The hostages were driven away from
the rendezvous point in taxis after their
captors refused to allow the Virunga
security team to arrive in park vehicles.
The future of tourism in the national
park, home to at least a quarter of the
world’s 800 or so remaining mountain
gorillas, looks increasingly tenuous.
The Foreign Office had already warned
British nationals against travel to the
area because of rising insecurity.
Amid relief over the release, tributes
were paid to Rachel Baraka, the
25-year-old ranger who was shot dead
in the kidnapping. “We wish to extend
our deepest condolences to her family
and our sincerest gratitude for her
bravery and service to Congo,” Mr de
Merode said.
Virunga’s fate is increasingly in the
balance. Ugandan Islamist militants,
remnants of the extremists behind
Rwanda’s genocide in 1994, and other
militias who roam the park have carried out deadly attacks in recent
months. The violence comes against
growing national instability precipitated by the failure of Joseph Kabila,
the country’s president, to leave office
after his second and final term expired
in December 2016.
Congo’s last civil war, fought between 1998 and 2004, drew in half a
dozen neighbouring countries and
claimed millions of lives.
In peacetime, the park has barely
fended off the local warlords seeking to
strip it off its valuable timber and the
government officials and vested corporate interests seeking to exploit its oil.
£10,000 for deported
homeless EU migrants
Some homeless people could be given
compensation of about £10,000 after
the Home Office wrongly threatened
to deport them.
EU migrants who were picked up
under a previous Government policy
to use rough sleeping as grounds for
removal, could make claims after the
approach was declared unlawful by
the High Court last year.
Figures obtained by the BBC
suggest that 698 homeless EU
nationals were removed from the
country during the year to May 2017.
Around 45 European citizens are
thought to be pursuing compensation.
£2.5bn contract signed
for nuclear submarines
A £2.5 billion investment in UK
nuclear submarines shows the
Government’s “unwavering
commitment to keeping the UK safe
and secure from intensifying threats”,
the Defence Secretary is to say.
Gavin Williamson is due to
announce that his department has
signed a £1.5 billion contract to build a
seventh Astute hunter-killer
submarine for the Royal Navy, which
will be called Agincourt.
Mr Williamson will announce
£960 million worth of contracts for
the second phase of construction for
the UK’s four nuclear-armed
Dreadnought submarines.
Managers can’t deal
with mental health
Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty were treated for minor injuries but were otherwise unharmed
Tea for two in pregnancy raises the
risk of children being overweight
By Wil Crisp
DRINKING three cups of tea a day during pregnancy increases the risk of
having overweight children, a study
has found.
Pregnant women who took part in
the study and consumed more than
200mg of caffeine a day were more
likely to have children that were overweight at preschool and school ages.
The study of 50,000 women, which
was carried out by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health, was one of the world’s
largest surveys of pregnant women.
Its results have prompted Swedish
researchers to urge increased caution
during pregnancy.
“Caffeine is a substance that you can
choose to reduce consumption of, or
completely refrain from, during pregnancy,” said Verena Sengpiel, an associate professor in obstetrics and
gynaecology at Sahlgrenska Academy.
The study tracked the weight of the
children from when they were six
weeks old until they were eight years
old, and average caffeine intake was assessed at mid-pregnancy. Researchers
found that, when the children were
five years old, the number who were
overweight or obese was 5 per cent
greater in the group whose mothers
had the highest caffeine consumption.
The NHS advises pregnant women
to limit daily caffeine consumption to
200mg, which is the equivalent of
three cups of tea or two cups of coffee.
High levels of caffeine can also be
found in energy drinks and chocolate.
Prof Sengpiel said: “In the Nordic countries, coffee is the primary source,
while, women in, for example, England
receive the greatest amount of caffeine
from black tea. If you look at mothers
in the younger age group, it comes
from energy drinks.
“We included different sources in
the study and found a similar association between caffeine consumption
from these different sources and children’s growth”.
Prof Sengpiel has said that Sweden
should re-examine the advice it gives
pregnant women. Sweden’s National
Food Agency says pregnant women
should not consume more than 300mg
of caffeine per day, which is equivalent
to three cups of coffee.
“There may be good cause to increase the restriction of the recommended maximum of three cups of
coffee per day,” Prof Sengpiel said.
During pregnancy, the body takes
longer to metabolise caffeine, which
easily passes through biological membranes, including the blood-brain and
placenta barriers, resulting in exposure of the foetus.
The study, published in the BMJ
Open journal, builds on two other studies of the effects of caffeine on unborn
children, which used significantly
fewer subjects.
In animal studies, exposure to caffeine in the womb has been followed
by excess growth and cardiometabolic
disease in the offspring.
Eurovision invader is
a Jeremy Corbyn fan
By Sophie Jamieson
THE stage invader who interrupted the
British Eurovision entry on Saturday
night has been revealed as a Corbynsupporting self-styled “philosopher”
and “activist”.
The man, who snatched the microphone from singer SuRie, is believed to
be a serial stage crasher who goes by
the name of Dr ACactivism.
On his Twitter profile, he describes
himself as a “Philosopher, Activist &
DJ/MC based in London.” His social
media posts show he supported Jeremy
Corbyn at the general election and has
praised the Labour leader for speaking
“truth” when he praised Fidel Castro.
He shared a link to a Daily Telegraph
story about Mr Corbyn reportedly refusing to be sworn into the Privy Council, commenting: “Hear Hear Jeremy
Corbyn snubs the Queen. Hopefully he
never kneels at the feet of that tiny
thing & shiny hat.”
The invader is believed to be the
same person who got onto the stage at
the National Television Awards in 2018
and The Voice in 2017.
Eurovision’s operator is investigating how he managed to rush the stage
during the UK’s performance and
snatch SuRie’s microphone. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said an
investigation was “already under way”
into the seven-second incident.
Meanwhile, the Eurovision Song
Contest winner has prompted a row
over cultural appropriation with her
kimono-inspired costume. Israel’s
Israel’s Netta Barzilai
attracted negative
comments about
Netta Barzilai, 25, beat 42 other countries at the final in Lisbon, Portugal.
But some on social media accused her
of appropriating Japanese culture.
“Beyond the chicken oddness, the
Israeli entry at Eurovision just seems to
be amazingly racist. #yellowface,” one
user commented. Another said: “Looks
like Israel decided to play the cultural
appropriation card”.
Arts: Page 25
Labour candidate withdraws
over Holocaust comparison
By Harry Yorke
THE front-runner to succeed Heidi Alexander as a Labour MP has withdrawn
her candidacy after it emerged that she
compared the treatment of Palestinians
to “Nazi persecution” on Holocaust
Memorial Day.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, a trade union
official and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, claimed that the Israel-Palestine
conflict should be considered alongside the extermination of more than six
million Jews during the Holocaust.
The Daily Telegraph understands
that she was one of several candidates
due to be shortlisted by senior Labour
officials for the forthcoming Lewisham
East by-election, which was triggered
last week after Ms Alexander quit to
join City Hall as the London deputy
mayor for transport.
The decision to impose a shortlist of
candidates on the local party had enraged Labour members in Lewisham,
who claimed that the National Execu-
tive Committee had been engaged in a
“stitch-up”. It has since emerged that
Ms Opoku-Gyimah claimed on Holocaust Memorial Day last year that the
treatment of the “Palestinian” should
also be remembered alongside other
genocides, including “in Cambodia,
Bosnia and Rwanda and Darfur.”
She was also found to have hired
Josh Rivers – who had to resign as the
Gay Times editor for making anti-Semitic comments – as a member of UK
Black Pride. Mr Rivers faced condemnation last year after it emerged that he
had claimed that “Jews are gross” and
that Judaism was the only religion
which contained the letters “ew”. He
also asked why an actor had been cast
as “The Jew” in a production, adding:
“I wonder if they cast that guy ... because of that f------ ridiculously large
honker of a nose”.
Withdrawing her candidacy yesterday, Ms Opoku-Gyimah claimed she
was pulling out due to an “unexpected
family situation”. Mr Corbyn’s office declined to comment.
Managers do not know how to deal
with mental health and stress issues,
research has found.
A survey of more than 500
managers by QBE Business Insurance
found that one in three believed
employees should not discuss mental
health, while many said they were not
equipped to deal with the issue.
Half of managers in larger firms
admitted more should be done and
most wanted training on how to deal
with mental health. In another piece of
research, law firm Clyde & Co said the
number of self-reported work-related
mental health cases hit a record high
last year of 431,000.
Man under arrest after
woman dies at campsite
A 21-year-old woman has been found
dead in a tent in a suspected murder at
a campsite where a 50th birthday
party had been taking place.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested
on suspicion of murder. Police were
called to the caravan and camping site
at Marine Parade, Seaford, West
Sussex, at 7am yesterday, when the
woman was discovered.
Det Insp Andy Eggleton, of Sussex
Police, said: “We would like to speak to
anyone who used a footpath giving
access to the campsite between
midnight and 6.30am on Sunday and
who may have seen or heard anything
Speeding businessman
created fake employee
A businessman who tried to dodge five
speeding tickets he accumulated in
eight days by creating a fake employee
has been banned from driving.
James Wilson was caught by speed
cameras in Essex and hit with a total of
30 penalty points. Essex Police sent a
letter to the driver of a Renault Kangoo
The 56-year-old tried to create a
fake employee to take the blame, who
he then claimed he sacked, but his lies
were exposed when he was unable to
provide any proof of employment or
invoices. Wilson, from Chingford,
Essex, was banned for six months at
Basildon magistrates’ court and
ordered to pay more than £1,500.
Hammer attack on boy
at shopping centre
A teenager was attacked with a
hammer yesterday in front of shoppers
in Dudley, West Midlands.
The attack took place in the food
hall of the Merry Hill shopping centre
at around 1pm. The boy was left with
facial injuries and was taken to
A 16-year-old boy has since been
arrested for carrying two knives and is
assisting the police. A police
spokesman said: “The teenager (the
17-year-old) was seen being chased by
another boy. He subsequently walked
into the food hall with facial injuries
and was assisted by staff.
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Royal wedding
Nice and
Wedding day
will be fair
THE father of Meghan Markle is receiving the backing of Kensington Palace
after being accused of collaborating
with paparazzi to stage photographs
ahead of his daughter’s wedding.
CCTV footage appeared to show him
posing for shots in an internet café in
Mexico, where Thomas Markle lives.
The revelations in a Sunday newspaper come days before the 73-year-old
former Hollywood lighting director
travels to Britain to meet Prince Harry,
his future son-in-law, for the first time.
Mr Markle, and Doria Ragland, Ms
Markle’s mother, are also due to meet
the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and
other members of the Royal family.
Kensington Palace had warned the
media not to publish pictures of Mr
Markle or Ms Ragland, insisting they
had no wish for publicity. But photographs in the tabloid press aroused suspicion after Mr Markle was pictured
exercising, reading a book, being measured for a suit, and looking up pictures
of his daughter in an internet café.
The Mail on Sunday published CCTV
images and interviews with café staff
and tailors in Mexico, alleging that the
pictures had been staged.
A source said the Palace had offered
Mr Markle its support and would “continue to make interventions with the
media out of concern for his safety
and security”.
Palace backs
Mr Markle in
photos row
Thomas Markle, soon to be embraced by the Royal family, caused a stir when he was photographed in public places looking at pictures of his daughter and getting himself measured up for a suit
It’s mini bowls
and standing
room only at
the reception
Reports by Hannah Furness
FOR wedding guests, it is the moment
of truth: where have they been placed
on the reception seating plan?
For friends and relatives of Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle, however,
no such anguish will be necessary, as
the couple have opted for a standingonly reception on May 19, with fashionable “bowl food”.
The Prince and Ms Markle, who is no
stranger to a showbiz party after her
years as an actress, will provide a combination of canapés and mini meals in
bowls for guests at their afternoon reception, to be attended by senior members of the Royal family.
Hosted by the Queen – who may be
allowed to sit at the reception – the
menu has been drawn up by the couple
themselves, who have visited the
Windsor Castle kitchens to test each
onal ingreMade with seasonal
he Crown
dients grown on the
d is inEstates, the food
n standtended to be eaten
ing up, allowing guests to
mingle freely in St
George’s Hall.
Bowl food has become a
dern party
staple of the modern
scene, with guestss juggling
d while
a glass in one hand
h on
balancing a dish
their arm to eat warm
food – often risotto,
h or
sausage and mash
pasta –with a fork.
k FlaRoyal chef Mark
g the
nagan is leading
ut the
team that will put
finishing touches to the
al chef
Captain canapé: royal
Mark Flanagan is leading
the catering team
sweet and savoury bite-size canapés
and mini bowls.
“The day of the wedding has fallen
very kindly for us,” Mr Flanagan said.
“All the British vegetables are just coming into season... and that’s been a
point of focus for us.
“We know the couple wanted us to
make sure we used all of the local seasonal produce as much as possible
throughout their menu, and this recent
good weather is really helping us to
achieve that.
“We purely made suggestions; the
couple tasted everything, they’ve been
involved in every detail.”
The Prince and Ms Markle will
marry at Windsor Castle’s St George’s
Chapel, taking a carriage ride through
the streets of Windsor before joining
their 600 wedding guests for the St
George’s Hall reception.
The food is likely to be accompanied
by champagne and wine from the exy cellars, as well as soft
tensive Royal
The head chef would not discuss
deta but is expected to
the dishes in detail,
produ including asparawork with produce
gus, peas and tomatoes,
as well as
treats such as chocolate
truffles and
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possib British and local,
ents as possible
Mr Flanagan’s
team have
s rce them from the
Counties and
associated with
the Queen. “We are usin produce off Her
estates and
features very
he said.
“We’ve been tryin to let the ingrediing
stand proud
the dishes,
will be predo
Round the world in 99 days,
cyclist gets to church in time
WHEN Dean Stott, a friend of Prince
Harry, embarked on a challenge to cycle the length of South and North
America, he set himself 110 days to do
it. That was, until he received a wedding invitation in the post.
Instead, Stott this weekend finished
his gruelling 13,670 mile trek in Alaska,
breaking the world record by 18 days
and allowing him to get home to watch
Prince Harry get married.
The amateur cyclist travelled from
Argentina to Alaska under his own
steam in 99 days, 12 hours and 56 minutes. As he celebrated last night, Stott,
who is raising money for Heads Together, a mental health campaign, said
the wedding invitation had arrived at
home midway through his journey, calculating that he needed to make the
journey in less than 102 days to make it
back in time.
Measuring himself for a morning
suit en route, after losing 10kg through
his efforts, Stott will now fly directly
back to Heathrow and straight to Windsor for the wedding with his wife.
Stott, a former UK special forces soldier who was partnered with Prince
Harry for training, was asked what
would have happened if he had not
made it back in time to attend the royal
wedding with his wife Alana. “I’d be divorced,” he joked.
The Met Office
has said Prince
Harry and
Meghan Markle
can expect good
weather on their
wedding day,
with settled and
dry conditions
with highs of
around 18
degrees on
according to the
latest forecast.
Those making
the journey to
watch the happy
event should
slap on the
sunscreen as it is
highly likely to
be sunny for
most of the day.
A spokesman
for the Met
Office said: “We
have a good
indication of
what the
weather is likely
to be for the
royal wedding
– it is going to be
mostly settled
this week and
that will
continue on in to
the weekend.
“It will be
mostly dry with
sunny spells
with perhaps a
northerly or
breeze. We can’t
rule out a
shower although
to be honest
that’s looking
quite unlikely.”
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Gove warns May of the dangers in delaying
Prime Minister urged to
hasten efforts to leave
customs union, despite
doubts over alternatives
By Gordon Rayner and Harry Yorke
two working groups set up by the Prime
Minister – one for the customs partnership and one for the so-called “Max Fac”
option – will be able to make any progress. Each group of three includes two
ministers who do not support the option they are exploring.
They will meet for the first time today, then report back to Mrs May’s
Brexit “war Cabinet” tomorrow on any
progress they have made.
On the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show,
he said: “In delay there lies no plenty, as
Shakespeare once said. One of the
things that we need to do is to crack on.
We have an implementation period that
gives us an additional 21 months after
we leave the European Union to get
everything right. I think the critical
thing is to meet that deadline.”
Nick Boles MP, the former skills minister and Mr Gove’s close friend, has
suggested that the customs union
should be extended until March 2022
to give Britain the time to implement
its new customs arrangements, which
was widely read as a sign that Mr Gove
was of the same view.
However, asked if he was saying there
should be “no extension at all in any circumstances”, Mr Gove said: “Yes. My
view is I don’t believe in an extension.”
Mr Gove will join Liam Fox, his fellow
Brexiteer, and David Lidington, a Remainer, today to discuss how to improve the customs partnership option,
but only Mr Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, believes in it.
Neither Mr Gove nor Mr Fox have
given any indication that they are likely
to change their mind about opposing
the idea, described by Boris Johnson as
Mr Gove said: “Boris pointed out
that because it’s novel, because no
model like this exists, there have to be
significant question marks over the deliverability of it on time. More than
that, what the New Customs Partnership requires the British Government
to do is in effect to act as the tax collector and very possibly the effective delivery of regulation for the European
Union. It’s my view that the NCP has
flaws and they need to be tested.”
At least a dozen Cabinet ministers
are opposed to the partnership option,
which would see the UK collect tariffs
for the EU, because they say there is little to differentiate it from continued
membership of the customs union.
Instead, Mr Johnson and other
prominent ministers, including David
Davis, the Brexit Secretary, are pushing
THERESA MAY must “crack on” with
Brexit to head off any danger of Britain
staying in the customs union beyond
the end of the transition period, Michael Gove has said.
The Environment Secretary stressed
it was “critical” to avoid any extension
of the current customs regime, despite
widespread doubts about the Government’s ability to deliver an alternative
by the end of 2020.
Mr Gove also warned that Britain will
end up being a “tax collector” for the EU
under Mrs May’s current proposals for a
customs partnership, even before a
Cabinet working group to improve the
plan has had its inaugural meeting.
Mr Gove, one of three senior ministers tasked with revising Mrs May’s preferred option for a customs deal with
Brussels, said there were “significant
question marks” over it. His comments
immediately cast doubt on whether the
MI5 chief calls
on EU for unity
against terror
Continued from Page 1
March 4 this year. He will point out that
28 European countries agreed to expel
“scores of Russian diplomats” as part of
a collective response.
Mr Parker will also, for the first time,
publicly identify the Kremlin as responsible for the nerve agent attack on
the Skripals. He will accuse Vladimir
Putin’s regime of conducting an unprecedented campaign of disinformation following the attempt to kill the
Skripals and highlight the need “to
shine a light through the fog of lies,
half-truths and obfuscation that pours
out of their propaganda machine”.
His certainty that the Kremlin was
behind the attack is further evidence,
first reported by The Daily Telegraph,
that the intelligence agencies working
together had identified suspects in the
poisoning. It is thought the “persons of
interest” were identified through flight
details and CCTV footage obtained in
The MI5 chief will accuse the Kremlin of “flagrant breaches of international rules” and warn that Mr Putin is
pursuing an agenda through “aggressive and pernicious actions by its military and intelligence services”. In so
doing, Russia, he will say, risks becoming a “more isolated pariah”.
He will then thank the agencies for
their help in the aftermath of the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena
a year ago in which 22 people, many of
them children, were killed.
Mr Parker will also reveal that 12 Islamist terror plots have been thwarted
since the Westminster Bridge attack in
March last year and 25 plots since 2013.
Despite the defeat of so-called Islamic State in Iraq and parts of Syria,
Mr Parker warns that it “still aspires to
direct, devastating and more complex
attacks” despite territorial losses. He
will point out that there have been 45
terror attacks across Europe since 2016.
He remains “confident about our
ability to tackle these threats, because
of the strength and resilience of our
democratic systems, the resilience of
our societies and the values we share
with our European partners”.
She mesmerised us with her persuasiveness,
caring too much to waste time being tribal
By Boris Johnson
o the millions who witnessed
Tessa Jowell’s final campaign for
fellow cancer sufferers it was
obvious that she was heroically brave.
This morning there will be plenty of
testimonials to some of her other
virtues: her kindness, her warmth, her
empathy; and rightly so.
But I can tell you that Tessa was also
possessed, in abundance, of the
supreme political gift: an uncanny
power of persuasion.
She would beam her effulgent and
irresistible smile. She would fix you
with her china blue gaze; and at the
same time she would lightly tap or prod
you or make physical contact so brief
you hardly noticed, and you suddenly
found yourself psychologically
conditioned to agree with whatever
she was about to say.... And then, as if
discharging some deep and intimate
confidence, she would whisper
something like: “You know, Tony
really is a genius” or “£9.3 billion is
cheap for the Olympics” and whatever
your political beliefs – or whatever the
facts – you would find yourself
wanting to nod in assent.
No one has been more effective in
reaching out, literally and figuratively,
to those from other parties; and I saw
her use her gifts first in the interests of
Labour and then of the whole country.
Tessa Jowell with
Tony Blair in
Downing Street in
2006 and, right, on
her wedding day in
1979 with second
husband David Mills
After Blair became leader of the
opposition we heard reports of huge
numbers joining New Labour, and one
evening in 1995 I went down to darkest
Dulwich where Tessa, then the MP, was
spreading the gospel. I found a packed
room where nice sensible people were
being mesmerised by the sweetness of
her middle-of-the-road-ism.
She was signing up everyone:
doctors, lawyers, bankers, the
former ambassador to Bogotá
and the beauty editor of the
Sunday Express. Mildly
shaken, I foresaw a
revolution, and two years
later it came about in Blair’s
landslide victory.
He made her culture
secretary and she was
indispensable to London’s
success in securing the 2012
Olympics. She charmed the
sometimes venal hierarchs of
the National Olympic
committees. She winkled cash
from a dubious Gordon Brown; and
with her signature generosity she
made sure at every stage to involve the
Tory opposition, so that by the time of
the Games themselves, when the
Conservatives were back in power,
they had become a great national
project in which any attempt at party
political point scoring would have
been simple bad manners.
Of course there were cock-ups; you
just didn’t notice them because Tessa
cared too passionately about the
country’s success to waste time on
partisanship. She could be steely and
efficient in the chair at meetings. I
remember her once ticking me off
for rolling my eyes at a colleague.
She also believed in having fun,
and I can hear her laughter as we
cooked things up together on the
Olympic Board. Without her we
would never have built the
ArcelorMittal Orbit, now proving its
detractors wrong with its
moneymaking intestinal slide.
Tessa did huge amounts for London,
for sport, for women in politics, for
cancer patients and for the country as a
whole. Above all she showed how
much you can achieve in politics
without being remotely tribal.
Tributes to Jowell’s passion and courage after campaign for cancer care
Continued from Page 1
her family said she had passed away in
the arms of her husband and two children. Ella Mills, the wife of Dame Tessa’s son Matt, said the family had told
Dame Tessa she would “live forever in
the centre of their souls”.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary,
said that “her legacy will be lives saved
and heartbreak averted for thousands
of other families” as his department arranged the roll-out of a series of treatments Dame Tessa had called for.
The Prime Minister praised her “dignity and courage” in confronting “a terrible disease”.
Dame Tessa, who spent her final
months campaigning for better cancer
care, died “peacefully” at her Warwickshire home on Saturday night after suffering a brain haemorrhage the
previous day, which left her in a coma.
Ms Mills wrote in a tribute posted
online: “Tessa was the warmest and
kindest soul… the bravery you showed
this past year was like nothing I have
ever seen and I will be inspired by it
every day of my life.”
Tony Blair, the former prime minister, said: “Tessa had passion, determination and simple human decency in
greater measure than any person I
have ever known. She was an inspiration to work with, and a joy to be near.
“She was the most wise of counsellors, the most loyal and supportive of
colleagues, and the best of friends.” In a
speech that moved colleagues to tears
and resulted in a standing ovation in
the House of Lords in January, Dame
Tessa described how she was diagnosed with a rare glioblastoma multiforme tumour in May last year.
She said she had been on her way to
deliver a talk in east London and: “I got
into a taxi but couldn’t speak. I had two
powerful seizures. I was taken to hospital. Two days later, I was told that I
had a brain tumour.”
A week later, she had surgery to remove the tumour, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which
failed to prevent its return. She made
her speech in the Lords wearing an
electronic skull cap that fired electrical
currents at her tumour.
The Government today announces
that it is doubling investment in brain
cancer research from £20 million to
£40 million for what will be known as
the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Fund, which will total £65 million when existing private donations
are taken into account. An annual
Tessa Jowell global symposium will be
launched in the UK to bring together
the world’s leading experts on brain
cancer in the search for treatments.
The NHS will also roll out nationally
a “gold standard” brain cancer diagnosis test, involving the use of dye to
identify tumours, which had until now
only been available in half of cancer
units, as highlighted by Dame Tessa.
Hospitals will accelerate the use of
so-called adaptive trials, in which several treatments can be tried at once to
increase the chance of success, in line
with another of Dame Tessa’s requests.
Mrs May said: “I hope that the actions we are taking to improve care and
research for those confronting a terrible disease will form part of the lasting
legacy of an inspirational woman.”
Dame Tessa’s family said there would
be a small private funeral followed by a
public memorial service at a later date.
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The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
transition May must act now on customs plans or
pointed out
that because
it’s novel,
there have to
be question
marks over
of it on time’
for “Max Fac” or maximum facilitation,
which would rely on technology and
trusted trader schemes.
Mrs May insisted in a newspaper article yesterday that she could be
“trusted” to deliver Brexit, though
there would need to be “compromises”
made on both sides.
Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory
leader, warned Tory rebels that if they
try to keep Britain in the customs union they will “literally plunge a knife
into the heart of Government and particularly to the Prime Minister”.
Editorial Comment: Page 17
The annual
by the
Cavalry Old
in Hyde
of the
march to a
service and
commemoration at
the Cavalry
in the
park. They
wear dark
suits and
hats, and
march with
rolled up
Bercow will do as he
promised and quit,
insists Tory grandee
By Christopher Hope CHIEF
ONE of the MPs who
“dragged” John Bercow to
the Speaker’s chair at the
start of the past two parliaments says he will quit in six
weeks’ time.
Sir Peter Bottomley, a veteran Conservative MP, said
that he had “confidence” Mr
Bercow will quit as planned
on June 22.
He said that if Mr Bercow
reneged on a pledge made in
2009 to serve for nine years
as speaker, it would be a
“challenge to the principles
of public service”.
Sir Peter’s remarks are significant as they are the first
time a Tory grandee has spoken out against the Speaker,
who is mired in allegations of
Traditionally MPs drag
the Speaker from the back
benches to the Speaker’s
chair at the start of each parliament.
“I have confidence that
John Bercow will see that it is
right for him to comply with
what he declared absolutely
on 22 June 2009 – without
equivocation, qualification
John Bercow
pledged in
2009 to serve
for no more
than nine years
as Speaker
and more absolute than was
necessary – that you do not
do more than nine years,” he
A spokesman for the
Speaker’s office said: “The
Speaker’s views are on record. He has nothing further
to add to what he said yesterday in the House and on previous occasions.”
Peers who claim but
don’t debate ‘must go’
By Tony Diver
PEERS who claim expenses
for sitting in the House of
Lords but make little contribution to debates should be
ejected, the Lord Speaker
has said.
Lord Fowler, said that the
practice brought the Lords
into “disrepute” and that any
future reduction in the size
of the House would remove
those who “make little contribution” to debates.
He also suggested that
peers who “check in” to the
chamber to claim their daily
allowance and return home,
should be reported to the
House of Lords Commission.
In 2017, an expenses investigation begun by Lord
Fowler’s predecessor Baroness D’Souza was dropped.
“There probably are some
people that don’t work as
hard as one would like,” he
said. “I certainly would report it to the commission.
The question is, frankly,
how you get rid of them?”
harm jobs and business, says CBI leader
THERESA MAY will cause a “major
setback” to British business if she does
not urgently make a decision on
Britain’s future customs plans, the
head of the UK’s largest business lobby
group is warning.
Carolyn Fairbairn, the directorgeneral of the CBI, accused the
government of pursuing “ideology
over evidence” with its plan to leave
the EU customs union after Brexit,
risking thousands of jobs and business
in the process. Warning of “huge
frustration” growing in the business
community over the impasse in
government, she said ministers now
had only days to act.
“Ideology is winning out over
evidence,” she said in an exclusive
interview with The Daily Telegraph.
“Based on current technology, both
the options that the government is
considering will create new barriers to
trade with Europe and that will
inevitably harm jobs,” she said.
Her intervention came as rival
teams of cabinet ministers spent the
weekend debating the two customs
options put forward by government
– both of which Ms Fairbairn said were
currently unworkable.
“The CBI’s view… is that there is a
non-ideological and practical solution
that is staring us in the face: that we
stay in a Customs Union with the EU
unless and until there is an alternative
that is workable.”
The CBI says that it speaks for some
200,000 businesses and represents
140 trade associations that employ
seven million people, or one-third of
the UK’s private-sector workforce.
Ms Fairbairn, who has angered
ministers in the past with her attacks
on the customs union policy, said her
organisation was not trying to stop
Brexit, but feared that the Government
risked squandering the momentum
won last March when it secured a
21-month transition deal from the EU.
“The impact of the March transition
deal was really positive. It unlocked
investment decisions, and caused
companies that had their fingers
hovering over their Brexit
contingency-plan buttons to lift them
off. But if we don’t break the impasse
on this customs decision, everybody
will be affected – manufacturers,
services companies, retailers. An awful
Carolyn Fairbairn of
the CBI says options
will create new
barriers to trade
‘If we don’t
break the
impasse on
this customs
weeks, days,
everyone will
be affected’
lot hangs on this now. We need
decisions within days and weeks.”
UK officials fear that if Mrs May
cannot find a workable consensus
between hard and soft Brexiteers
ahead of the June 28-29 European
Council, the EU may shut-off talks
about the future trading relationship,
or even rescind the offer of transition.
Ministers are currently debating
between a “new customs partnership”
in which the UK would collect tariffs
on EU-bound goods on Europe’s
behalf, or a “maximum facilitation”
option that would use technology to
minimise disruptions.
Brexiteers have rejected the former
as “crazy” and a betrayal of the Brexit
promise to take back control of money,
borders and trade; while the remainers
say the latter will necessitate a goods
border down the Irish Sea and hit
businesses with painful costs and
Ms Fairbairn said that the Cabinet
was debating a “false choice” – arguing
that the Brexiteers were wrong to say
that it was necessary to quit the
customs union in order for the UK to
boost its global trade footprint.
Pointing to studies which showed
that Free Trade Agreements would
only cause a minimal two per cent
uplift in UK trade, Ms Fairbairn said
the UK should instead concentrate on
other trade-boosting measures, such
as export finance provision, trade
promotion in UK embassies and
increasing airport capacity.
“There is so much that can be done
within existing arrangements we have
– just look at Germany’s trade with
China which is five times the UK’s
within the same EU framework. The
biggest thing increasing China-UK
trade in recent years is the number of
flights from UK airports to Chinese
cities,” she added.
Leaving the customs union, she
added, would impose huge frictions on
the 2.6 million trucks that move
through Dover every year.
Some 43 per cent of UK exports go
to the EU, with 150,000 UK
companies, many of them small
businesses, only exporting to Europe.
She added that the spectacle of
British politics at a total impasse was
causing global reputational damage to
the UK.
“This is about moving ahead with
Brexit – about how we get on with it
– but in a pragmatic way that protects
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Online shopping fuelling rise in gun crime
Organised gangs are
smuggling weapons into
country among growing
number of retailers’ parcels
By Hayley Dixon
RISING gun violence is being fuelled
by online shopping as gangs smuggle
weapons hidden among legitimate parcels, the National Crime Agency (NCA)
has warned.
An annual assessment of serious or-
ganised crime in Britain has found that
firearms offences have increased by almost a third.
At the same time, the NCA warned
that the ever-increasing number of
parcels being sent into the UK is being
exploited by gangs that are “concealing
illicit goods among legitimate traffic”.
The report came just hours after two
men, one in his late 20s and the other
in his early 30s, were seriously injured
in a shooting in a Birmingham car park.
In its strategic assessment of serious
organised crime across the UK for 2018,
the NCA has warned that it is “increas-
ing in both volume and complexity”,
driven largely by technology.
The report summarises: “Recorded
sexual offences against children in the
UK continue to increase year on year.
Firearm offences increased by 27 per
cent in 2016-17 (year ending June 2017),
and drugs deaths are at their highest
level since comparable records began
in 1993.
“There were 3.4 million fraud offences in the year ending March 2017 –
almost a third of all crimes.”
The report, which found that there
were 4,629 organised crime groups in
the UK at the end of last year, also
warned that the closure of migrant
camps at Dunkirk and Calais has led to
Belgium becoming a location of
“greater focus” for people smugglers.
The closures of the French camps
have deprived migrants of an “opportunistic” way to cross the border and
therefore they are increasingly turning
to gangs, it said.
Some of the biggest challenges facing the NCA come from the increased
use of technology, with the dark web
and criminal trading sites providing
“shared communities of interest”. The
report warns that “technological advancements and the increase in the use
of social media, particularly by children” is proving more opportunities
for paedophiles.
Lynne Owens, the director general
of the NCA, said: “This year’s assessment shows that organised crime
groups are exploiting digital technology, for instance using encryption to
communicate, and dark web market
places to aid their activities.
“We are also seeing ever-increasing
crossover between crime threats, with
finance at the heart of this. Organised
criminals involved in smuggling of
people or firearms also supply drugs,
and the relationship between organised immigration crime and modern
slavery is becoming more apparent.
“Criminal groups seek to make as
much money as possible from the suffering and exploitation of others, and
continue to put the public at risk.”
The report also noted that the UK is a
“prime destination” for corrupt, foreign “politically exposed persons” to
launder the proceeds of corruption,
particularly those from Russia, Nigerian and Pakistan.
Owner calls on
Ascot to prevent
brawling at
royal meeting
A RACEHORSE owner has threatened
to boycott the royal meeting at Ascot
unless organisers stamp out brawls.
Ascot was blighted by scenes of violence this weekend, with footage
emerging of a mass fight within the
main grandstand. A week earlier, a
fight broke out at Goodwood.
Matthew Lincoln, who is a syndicate
owner involved in the Royal Hunt Cup
contender Rising Sand, said on Twitter
that he was “seriously considering
staying away despite having a likely
runner on the Wednesday”.
He asked organisers for “reassurances” to “genuine racegoers that this
despicable behaviour will be stamped
out before the royal meeting”.
Mr Lincoln told The Guardian that
racetracks should invest in more robust security, potentially paying for a
more significant police presence to
“deter troublemakers”.
The British Horseracing Authority
has reminded racecourses of their responsibility around alcohol policies in
the wake of the recent violence.
It said in a statement: “We announced after the violence at Goodwood that we would add the issue of
security to our areas to examine in our
licensing review later this year.
“Whilst the incident at Ascot was
quickly contained and smaller in scale,
it shows the issues that courses face
even with good planning and security
“We know that courses will take into
account the incidents as they make
their security plans ahead of each
“The BHA does have the power to
exclude individuals from courses and
will use it where it can.”
By Sophie Jamieson
Horsing around Mark Atkinson, of Atkinson Action Horses, puts on an equine display at the Nottinghamshire County Show, which took place in Newark.
Speed awareness courses curb drivers more effectively than points
MOTORISTS who go on speed awareness courses are significantly less likely
to reoffend than those who accept
three points and a fine, a Governmentfunded study has found.
An analysis of data on 2.2 million drivers, in a study commissioned by the Department for Transport, found the rate
of reoffending lower after six months,
and that courses also had a lasting im-
pact with the reoffending rate still lower
after three years.
Last year a record 1.4 million people
took the courses, which cost around
£100 and last for half a day. Their popularity has attracted controversy amid
concerns that they are becoming a “cash
cow” for the police. Fees go in part to
the police, whereas a fine goes directly
to the Treasury.
In September, the police had their
share increased by nearly 30 per cent,
from £35 to £45 per driver, meaning
they pocketed £56.7 million in 2017.
The courses have also been a source of
controversy in the police amid concerns
that they are too “soft” on drivers.
Earlier this year Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, the country’s road policing chief, claimed that the courses
were being overused. However, the research appears to justify their use.
The Government commissioned Ipsos Mori two years ago to conduct the
research, drawing data from 13 police
forces between 2012 and 2017. It found
NHS pays huge agency nurse bill to cover
for staff on wards and community care
By Rosie Taylor
NURSE shortages cost the health service up to £2.4 billion last year, according to new figures.
The bill was for agency nurses who
were brought in to plug gaps on wards
and in community care when there
were not enough staff to look after patients.
The Government brought in a cap on
the amount agency health workers
could be paid per hour in 2016, after
the NHS paid out around £3 billion on
doctors, nurses and other agency staff
in 2014-15.
But figures obtained by the Open
The amount that vacant nursing posts
have cost the NHS in agency bills – 63 per
cent more than staff costs would be
University under the Freedom of Information Act from around two thirds of
NHS trusts revealed they spent
£ 1.46 billion on agency nurses alone in
2017, paying for a total of 79 million locum hours.
Expanded to all 241 NHS trusts, the
total bill could be £2.4 billion. The
money is enough to pay for more than
108,000 newly-qualified nurses in fulltime staff positions – nearly three times
as many places as are currently vacant.
If the vacant posts were filled, the NHS
could save up to £1.56 billion on agency
staff costs.
On average, the NHS paid £18.41 for
each agency hour last year, which will
not all have gone directly to locum
nurses as agencies take a cut.
Covering the hours cost the health
service approximately 63 per cent
more than it would have done if newlyqualified nurses – earning around
£11.32 an hour – had been in the posts
that after six months, five per cent of
those who take the course go on to reoffend, compared with seven per cent
of those who take the points. After
three years 21 per cent of those who go
on the course reoffend, compared with
23 per cent for those who do not.
The research also indicated that
those who took the courses were less
likely to be involved in serious collisions that caused injury.
Jesse Norman, the roads minister,
said: “The UK has some of the safest
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
AN UNDERGROUND reservoir used by
Isambard Kingdom Brunel to power a
railway has scuppered plans for roadwidening scheme.
Plans to improve the road in
Starcross, Devon, have been suspended
after the discovery of the 19th century
engineering project.
It was part of Brunel’s atmospheric
railway, which moved trains by extracting air from pipes between the
rails, with pumping stations along the
track that used water from the reservoir to create steam.
However, the railway proved too ex-
Fray Bentos and frayed tempers
as millennials struggle with tins
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
FRAY BENTOS may have to redesign
its pie tins after more than 50 years
because millennials cannot open them.
Frustrated young consumers have
complained that the metal used for the
tin is too thick for normal tin openers.
Videos have appeared on YouTube
of failed attempts to get into the pies,
with some people resorting to hammers, screwdrivers and chisels.
One person posted a video of himself
smashing the tin open with a big knife
with the message: “Tin opener
wouldn’t open so used the biggest
chef ’s knife I had and a hammer.”
When the videos started to appear,
Fray Bentos, which is owned by Baxters, tried to address the problem by
posting a message on its website advising shoppers: “Due to the nature of the
product, we strongly advise our customers to use a robust can opener.” It of-
roads in the world, but we are always
looking at ways of making them safer.
“That is why I am delighted to see
that the National Speed Awareness
Course is clearly working well in preventing drivers from putting other road
users at risk by breaking speed limits.”
The courses, which were launched in
2003, are used by 41 of the 43 police
forces in England and Wales. They educate drivers of the dangers of speeding,
including how being just over the limit
can make a radical difference to braking
distances. David Davies, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory
Council for Road Safety, said: “These
findings are a win-win for motorists and
for road safety.”
Edmund King, president of the AA,
said: “Contrary to popular belief the
vast majority of drivers accept the use
of speed cameras and those who have
been on a course are more aware of the
dangers of inappropriate speed and the
majority would recommend courses
for others.”
Reservoir for Brunel’s atmospheric railway
halts road-widening scheme in its tracks
fered a link to the recommended opener
which retails at £8.50p – four times as
much as a classic Fray Bentos steak and
kidney pie, which costs about £2.
But consumers were still unhappy
and Fray Bentos has now said it is putting the iconic tin under the design microscope in a bid to “improve
A spokesman for Baxters said: “We
have tried to improve the openability
of the can without compromising the
integrity or quality of the product… we
have concluded that the cans require a
robust ‘cut from the top’ opener rather
than a ‘cut from the side’ opener.
Budget tin openers will not deliver
consistent results.
“Moving to a ring pull lid has been
considered, but due to the surface area
and force required to lift the lid, this
may result in serious injury to the consumer, so this has been discounted as a
potential solution.”
pensive and stopped after less than a
year in 1848.
Local councillors have been pushing
for years for a scheme around the pinch
point of the Courtenay stone pillars in
the estuary town, where traffic ends up
in long queues because of the narrow
width of the road next to Brunel’s site.
In April Devon county council allocated around £80,000 towards the
road widening project – but that has
now been put on hold because a vacuum chamber has been unearthed
from the atmospheric railway.
The site – now used by the Starcross
Fishing and Cruising Club – has also
seen extensive work carried out by the
Environment Agency as part of a Tidal
Defence Scheme for 650 properties in
the local communities.
Devon county council informed
Alan Connett, the local Lib Dem leader:
“There have been some significant developments that are likely to prevent
any improvement scheme in Starcross.
“Liaison with the Environment
Agency has identified a significant constraint, in the form of a vacuum chamber under the Cruise club car park.
“The vacuum chamber is part of
Brunel’s Atmospheric Railway and is
nationally significant.
“The widening works are no longer
going to be pursued.”
King of
the road
A tractor
parsley and
Drove, a
road in
By Steven Swinford
Deputy political eDitor
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Number of care homes going out of business doubles in a year
By Olivia Rudgard
THE number of care homes going bust
has nearly doubled in a year, official figures show.
Experts said the new living wage had
led to a sharp increase in costs which
also threatened standards of care.
The number of residential care busi-
nesses entering insolvency during the
year to April rose to 148, up from 81 the
previous year, the figures show. The
first quarter this year had the highest
rate of insolvency than in any previous
recorded quarter, with data suggesting
up to 44 businesses had gone bust.
Separate research, by Opus Restructuring and Company Watch, found that
a quarter of the 2,500 home care firms
could be at risk of insolvency. Moore
Stephens, an accountancy firm, said the
cost of providing quality care had risen,
in part because of the introduction of
the national living wage two years ago.
As of April workers aged 25 and over
must be paid a minimum of £7.83 an
hour. Staffing costs were identified as
one of the pressures on social care,
with experts warning that some businesses risk becoming over-reliant on
expensive agency staff as they struggle
to recruit quality full-time employees.
While higher pay could attract more
staff, some businesses struggle to stay
afloat because local authorities underpay for their council-funded residents.
A study by NatWest last year found that
staff costs in nursing homes run by
small and medium businesses had
reached 55 per cent of turnover. Business experts usually recommend firms
aim for between 15 and 30 per cent.
Lee Causer, of Moore Stephens, said
care homes should be benefiting from
an ageing population. “But they are
Gay weddings
may have put an
end to the civil
CIVIL partnerships could soon be
scrapped as the union appears to have
been killed off by the introduction of
same-sex marriage.
The Equalities Office has announced
that it will consult on the future of civil
partnerships before a Supreme Court
case beginning today, which aims to
open them up to heterosexual couples.
A document published on Friday set
out plans for a consultation to assess
whether there was still enough demand
among same-sex couples since the law
was changed to allow them to get married in March 2014.
It said there had been a “significant
fall” in the number of civil partnerships, which are only open to gay couples, since the change to the law on
marriage. While on average 6,300 were
registered each year between 2007 and
2013, the number fell to 890 in 2016,
slightly up on the 2015 low of 861.
The Government has asked the Office for National Statistics to include
questions about civil partnerships as
part of an opinions and lifestyle survey.
It will also ask people currently in civil
partnerships about their attitude to the
“We want to understand why some
same-sex couples continue to opt for
civil partnership instead of marriage;
this is an important part of the evidence
base, especially if we decide to phase
out or abolish civil partnerships, now
that marriage is available to everyone,”
the document adds.
Civil partnerships were introduced
in 2004 to allow same-sex couples access to legally-recognised unions before they were allowed to marry.
The current law explicitly bars heterosexual couples from becoming civil
partners. Academics Charles Keidan
and Rebecca Steinfeld have been fighting a legal case against the Government, claiming the civil partnership
laws amount to discrimination.
They argue that marriage carries too
much “patriarchal baggage” for some
couples, and particularly for women,
citing issues such as marriage certificates, which have space only for the
names of the father of the bride and the
groom to be inserted.
The couple attempted to form a civil
partnership at Chelsea Old Town Hall
in October 2014 but were refused,
prompting them to launch legal proceedings. Their case failed at the Court
of Appeal last year, although the judges
recognised that the law could not remain the same indefinitely.
A Government spokesman said: “The
Government introduced civil partnerships as a way of recognising same-sex
relationships before same-sex marriage
was available. We are proud to have
now introduced same-sex marriage.
“We will consult before making
changes to the law around civil partnerships. The policy paper published
this week will inform and shape a future
consultation on civil partnerships.”
News at Ten’s
Bradby off air
for five weeks
with insomnia
By Joel Adams
TOM BRADBY, the newsreader, has
been missing from the helm of ITV’s
News At Ten for more than a month due
to a bout of insomnia.
Fans of Bradby, 51, have noticed his
absence from the flagship nightly news
bulletin, with many posting on Twitter,
asking where he has gone.
Bradby was ITN’s royal correspondent and then political editor before taking over News At Ten in October 2015.
Other than a segment announcing the
birth of Prince Louis, he has not presented the programme for five weeks.
The Mail on Sunday reported that a
source close to Bradby said: “Tom has
Tom Bradby began
presenting ITV’s
News At Ten in
October 2015
By Olivia Rudgard
not. They are not receiving enough local government funding to sustain the
profit margins necessary to run a successful business,” he said. “Many companies are finding it hard to cope with
the rising costs of care. Without the additional income, care homes cannot offer the levels of care required, while
remaining solvent.”
Sunday Punch The May Fayre and Puppet Festival is held at St Paul’s church in Covent
Garden, marking 356 years since the first sight of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys.
been off dealing with insomnia. It looks
like he will be off for a further three
weeks as it would be silly for him to return before he has recovered properly.”
An ITN colleague said: “His colleagues have been concerned about his
prolonged absence. But everyone is in
the dark as the powers-that-be have
kept it hush-hush.”
An ITV News spokesman said:
“Tom’s off sick at the moment. Until his
return, regular News at Ten presenters
Julie Etchingham and Rageh Omaar
will anchor the programme.”
Bradby was last seen in public at a
charity lunch in London on March 6.
Health permitting, Bradby is expected to be a guest at Prince Harry’s
wedding this weekend. He is friendly
with the Prince from his time as a royal
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
Netflix wins first
major Bafta
with award for
The Crown star
NETFLIX has finally been accepted
into the television establishment by
winning its first major Bafta, for Vanessa Kirby’s performance as Princess
Margaret in The Crown.
It was a landmark moment for the US
streaming service, which has poured a
reported £100 million into the royal
drama in an attempt to move in on the
BBC’s territory. Last year the series had
five nominations but won nothing,
leading to accusations of a Bafta snub.
This time around, Kirby was named
best supporting actress, dedicating her
award to the woman she played. She
also thanked her on-screen sibling,
Claire Foy, praising her as “the best sister” she could have, before hastily
checking herself and adding: “Apart
from my real one!”
Jane Lush, the chairman of Bafta, has
said that Netflix’s inclusion in the nominations was a recognition that times
have changed. “I think the awards are
reflecting the way people are watching
television now,” she said.
The Crown lost out on the award for
best drama series, which went instead
to the BBC’s Peaky Blinders.
Foy was beaten to the best actress
prize by Molly Windsor, the 20-year-old
who starred in the BBC’s Three Girls, a
harrowing account of the Rochdale sex
abuse scandal. Three Girls also won best
mini-series. The Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards did include significant wins for the BBC. Ambulance,
the channel’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, won the best factual series award.
John Motson, the BBC’s veteran football commentator, was honoured with
Bafta’s special award. He dedicated it to
colleagues at the sports department
where he worked for half a century until his retirement this year.
Sean Bean won the best actor prize
for his performance as a troubled priest
in Jimmy McGovern’s Broken. Best
supporting actor went to Brian F
O’Byrne for his performance as the father of Rhys Evans, the murdered
11-year-old, in ITV’s Little Boy Blue.
The biggest surprise of the night was
Blue Planet II losing out in the specialist
factual category to a BBC Two documentary about Jean-Michel Basquiat,
the artist. But the scene in which a pilot
whale grieved for its dead calf, which
prompted much debate about pollution
in the oceans, was voted by the public
as the Virgin TV Must-See Moment.
Sir David Attenborough said the programme set out to show the beauty of
the oceans “but also the truth about
what we are doing to them”.
He added: “The fact that this one
particular moment rang a bell in the
minds and the conscience of people
throughout this country is something
that pleases all of us more than I can
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A PENSIONER who was taking a broken vase to charity shop has sold it for
£87,000 after she happened to call in at
an auctioneer’s on the way.
Anne Beck inherited the cracked
and chipped vase from her grandfather, an antique restorer who never got
around to repairing it.
The 83-year-old kept it in her garage
for 11 years until she decided to take it
to a charity shop. On the way she
stopped by at an auctioneer’s valuation
day to get an estimate for some glass
finger bowls and mentioned the oriental vase in the back of her car.
Despite its battered appearance, an
expert persuaded Mrs Beck to put it in
their next sale, which took place this
week. The yellow vase was advertised
Anne Beck’s Qing
dynasty vase sold at
auction for £87,000
but could have been
worth up to £500m
had its condition
been pristine
By Anita Singh
Vase destined
for charity
shop sells for
Vanessa Kirkby with the Bafta for best supporting actress, for her role as Princess Margaret in The Crown
Industrialist fired from first job ‘for having eczema’ tops the rich list
By Olivia Rudgard
BRITAIN’S new richest man is a selfmade billionaire who only started his
business at 45.
Jim Ratcliffe, 65, the chairman of
chemicals giant Ineos, revealed that he
lasted less than a week in his first permanent job, for BP.
He told the Sunday Times: “I was
called in by my boss, who said that he
had been reading my medical report –
they’d not bothered until then. I was
fired for having mild eczema.
“I was told, ‘We can’t spend the
money on training you for five years
and then find you’ve got an allergy, so
you’re on your bike.’”
In his later career at Ineos, Mr Ratcliffe’s business model involved buying
unwanted chemical sites and operations – including from BP.
Inherited wealth and nobility are
Jim Ratcliffe,
chairman of Ineos,
who is worth
£21.05bn, only
started his company
at the age of 45.
less visible on this year’s Sunday Times
rich list than 30 years ago. Ratcliffe,
who once lived in a council house near
Manchester, topped the list with a fortune of £ 21.05 billion, rising from 18th
place. Ineos’s director Andy Currie and
finance director John Reece shared in
the success of the company, taking
joint 16th place with fortunes of £7 billion each.
In second place were the Hinduja
brothers, Sri and Gopi, worth
£20.64 billion. Sir Len Blavatnik, the
British-American industrialist turned
media mogul, came in third place with
£15.26 billion to his name.
There are now 141 women on the list,
including Charlene de CarvalhoHeineken of the brewing dynasty at
number six.
Penny Streeter, another self-made
millionaire, is worth £ 157 million and
made the list with her medical recruitment firm Ambition, now called A24
Group, which she launched in 1996 after once being penniless and moving
into a homeless shelter.
by Eastbourne Auctions with an estimated sale price of £90-120.
The hammer eventually fell at
£70,000 and with all fees added, the
total price paid by the German-based
Chinese buyer was £87,000.
The floral vase dates back to the 18th
century and was made for a Chinese
emperor. It depicts the scene of a Chinese mythical god who lives in the
clouds receiving gifts for his birthday.
Experts say that had the vase not
been damaged its worth would be between £250 million and £500 million.
Mrs Beck, from Eastbourne, said: “I
was absolutely amazed when I found
out what it sold for. I had a sit down and
a cup of coffee afterwards but I am still
in a bit of a daze.”
Mrs Beck, a widow, said she would
spend some of the money on her two
children and four grandchildren. She
will also give some to charity.
Jeanette May, of Eastbourne Auctions, said: “Our assistant knew it was
good but didn’t realise just how good.
But it was made for the Emperor Qinglong and is obviously very rare. We
are chuffed to bits for our client.”
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
PRIMARY schools are facing a mental
health crisis, with figures showing the
number of children needing counselling rising by a third.
Teachers have referred children as
young as three to professionals as the
number of under-11s requiring psychological help rose to almost 19,000 in the
past year, from less than 14,000 three
years earlier.
Statistics released after freedom of
information requests to NHS trusts
show that the number of referrals to
mental health services by all schools
rose from 25,140 in 2014-15 to 34,757 in
More than half involved primary
schoolchildren, suggesting there was
insufficient help for the youngest.
The NSPCC, which carried out the
survey of 53 NHS trusts, said the increased demand was putting specialist
child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) under real pressure.
Over the past three years nearly a
third of the referrals were declined because they did not meet the criteria for
It follows a report last week from select committees on education, and
health and social care, which found the
Government plans to spend £300 million on improving mental health provision for children lacked ambition and
“will provide no help to the majority of
children who desperately need it”.
Peter Wanless, chief executive of the
NSPCC, said: “Our research shows
schools are increasingly referring children for specialist mental health treatment, often when the child is at crisis
“Childline plays a vital role in supporting children… and early counselling from Childline could help relieve
the pressure on CAMHS.”
Dame Esther Rantzen, founder and
president of Childline, said: “Young
people are telling us they are overwhelmed with mental health issues,
such depression and anxiety, which is
taking many of them to the brink of
A Government spokesman said:
“Making sure children and young people get the right support when they
need it is imperative. That is why we
are allocating £300 million, over and
above the additional £1.4 billion being
invested in specialist services, to provide more support linked to schools.
“This includes new mental health
support teams to work closely with
schools – including primary schools.
“We know we need to do more,
which is why we have extended our
schools and NHS link pilot to deliver
training in 20 more areas this year. This
will improve links between 1,200
schools and their local specialist mental health services.”
You’ll never walk alone Tommy Charlton, 72, brother of World Cup winners Jack and Bobby, on his England debut in the Just
International Cup, the world’s first ‘walking football’ international, against Italy in Brighton. England won 3-1.
Council begins cull of toxic caterpillars Escaped horses bring motorway to halt
u Thousands of toxic caterpillars are
to be removed from cliffs on the
Norfolk coast this week.
Footpaths in Cromer have been
taped off to protect holidaymakers
from coming into contact with the
brown-tail moth caterpillars. The
insects, which grow to between a
quarter and one and a half inches in
length, can trigger severe rashes,
headaches and breathing problems.
A spokesman for North Norfolk
council said: “In response to public
concerns we will remove and destroy
some of the caterpillars one afternoon/
evening in the next few days.”
u Dozens of motorists were stranded
on a motorway after 12 horses escaped
on to the carriageway.
The animals broke free from their
field and blocked the M11 near Harlow,
Essex, on Saturday night.
Police were forced to close the
motorway in both directions for more
than two hours while they coaxed the
horses back to safety.
Joanna Chivers, a Twitter user, said:
“At least I can say I was there for the
great M11 horse round-up of 2018!”
The M11, between junctions 6 and 7,
was reopened at around 2am
A bitter pill for male wine snobs:
women have the better palate
u For any man who has ever
considered himself a good
judge of a fine vintage, it is a
sobering discovery: women
make better wine tasters
than men.
A study has found that,
while men have a stronger
emotional reaction to wines
than women, the female
palate is more discerning.
Researchers asked 208
volunteers to take part in
blind taste tests of six wines:
two whites, one rosé and
three reds.
Dr Caroline Chaya, of the
Technical University of
Madrid, who led the study,
concluded: “In general, men
reported higher scores on
significant emotions for all
the wines. Although women
gave generally lower ratings
than men, they reported
greater differences between
the wines.”
The study, published in
the scientific journal Food
Quality and Preference, also
examined the effects of age
on the emotional response
to wine tasting, with older
drinkers more likely to
enjoy any glass of wine
whatever its attributes.
The researchers said: “All
of the wines evoked
significantly higher scores
in older adults than in
middle-aged and young
adults for most emotional
terms. However, young
adults showed higher
discrimination between
wines than the other age
groups, in terms of
emotional responses.”
Light, floral and fruity
wines were found to elicit
positive emotions among
the study’s participants,
while liquorice, clove and
vanilla notes engendered a
neutral or negative
emotional response.
The study may give
oenophiles cause to
reconsider traditional
gender roles, with men
being offered wine to taste
in restaurants more often
than women. Last year, only
one of 13 inductees to the
Court of Master Sommeliers
was a woman.
By Olivia Rudgard
Children as
young as three
sent by schools
for counselling
While my guitar gently reaps George Harrison’s first electric
guitar, a 1959 Hofner Club 40, is expected to fetch around
£220,000 when it goes up for auction in New York on Saturday.
Sexual health Rents in
cuts putting
young at risk England fall
Network Rail
guilty of
safety failings
u Half a million fewer
young people are receiving
sexual health checks each
year, as clinics warn they are
turning patients away due to
staff shortages and cuts
A Royal College of
Nursing report claims local
authority failures to provide
adequate sexual health
services posed “a major risk
to public health” at a time
when antibiotic-resistant
“super gonorrhoea” was on
the rise.
The number of 15 to
24-year-olds tested for
chlamydia in 2016 fell by 25
per cent from four years
earlier, Public Health
England figures show. There
were 1.86 million tests
carried out for the disease in
2012, compared with 1.4
million in 2016. The report
blames clinic closures and
uNetwork Rail has been
convicted of safety failings
after a signalman suffered a
brain injury and broken
neck when a car hit a gate
he was trying to close at a
level crossing.
A court heard that five
hours before the incident at
East Farleigh station near
Maidstone, Kent, on April 24
2015, Doug Caddell reported
a near-miss with another
vehicle, again as he was
closing the gates.
A jury concluded that the
company had failed to
properly assess the risks
involved in Mr Caddell’s job.
The Office of Road and Rail,
the safety regulator,
reported that the risk
assessment was not
“suitable or sufficient”.
Network Rail is due to be
sentenced at a later date.
u Average rents in northern
England have recorded their
first annual fall in nearly
four years.
In April, the cost of a new
let across the North West,
the North East and
Yorkshire and the Humber
regions fell by 0.3 per cent
compared with a year
earlier, the Hamptons
International Monthly
Lettings Index said. It was
the first year-on-year fall
since June 2014.
The average monthly rent
across the northern regions
in April was £622.
By contrast, average new
lets in southern England
were up by 2.2 per cent
year-on-year, reaching
£1,372 per month on
average. Across Britain,
average rents rose 1.9 per
cent year-on-year in April to
reach £953 per month.
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
Faster-growing GM strains
and climate change may
shift production from Med
to the UK within 30 years
By Charles Hymas and Katie Morley
BRITAIN will become the truffle capital of the world within 30 years, scientists have predicted, as they work to
develop a new genetically enhanced
variety, which grows twice as fast.
A shift in climate means truffle farmers in the Mediterranean are facing exceptionally dry weather, creating a
shortage of the fungus.
Mediterranean black truffles are
mostly found in northern Spain, southern France and northern Italy where
they thrive in warm, dry conditions.
But a warmer UK and pioneering genetic technology, which can dramatically speed up their production, means
rare black truffles are starting to be
grown in Britain, which produces
around one ton of truffles a year, compared with France’s 50-80 tons.
Climate modelling by Dr Paul
Thomas, an expert in the cultivation of
truffles at Stirling University, found
that the mild Mediterranean weather
which has made them a staple of French
cuisine will be replaced by harsh
droughts that will wreck production
over the next 30 to 40 years.
Shrinking exports from the Mediterranean have led to truffle prices in Britain doubling to £900 a kilo.
“That drying is a long-term trend in
Europe so the future looks pretty good
for British truffles,” said Dr Thomas,
who called for an increase in production if farmers in the UK are to capitalise on climate change. “We need to be
planning now if we are going to shift
truffle producing regions [north]. In all
the climate models, it looks pretty
bleak for a lot of areas of Europe.”
The industry is projected to be worth
£4.5 billion in the next 10 to 20 years.
Dr Thomas has been working with
farmers to develop production in the
UK, not only of native species but also
highly-prized French varieties such as
Perigord, described by Jean Anthelme
Brillat-Savarin, the doyen of gourmands, as “the diamonds of the kitchen”.
This month, Matt Sims, a landowner
in Monmouthshire, Wales, claimed
success in growing Britain’s first crop
of Perigord black truffles in his 11-acre
In light of climate trends, Dr Thomas
said the UK was poised to be “pivotal in
the global truffle industry” but it would
require a big commitment by government, industry and their agencies.
He added: “We have the space to do
it and we plant a lot of trees already
[which could be treated with the fungus]. A hundred years ago, there was a
A rare Perigord
black truffle found
on a truffle farm
near Usk in Wales
‘A hundred
years ago
we had
and an
of truffles in
Britain. But
that has
died out’
Daffodils raise hopes
for easing dementia
By Wil Crisp
A WELSH farmer is growing
daffodils at high altitude to
harvest a compound to help
combat Alzheimer’s disease.
Kevin Stephens, 51, is aiming to become a world leader
in the production of a pioneering drug by farming the
flowers in the Black Mountains in Monmouthshire.
The daffodils are grown in
order to obtain galantamine,
a compound that has been
proven to be an effective
treatment for vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The process is already
used in China and Bulgaria,
but Mr Stephens says his
plants contain a much
higher concentration of the
chemical because of the altitude at which they are
grown. He owns fields more
than 1,000ft above sea level.
Mr Stephens established
Agroceutical, a bioresearch
firm, in 2012 and is now hoping to get the backing of big
pharmaceutical companies
so he can begin mass-producing the drug.
Agroceutical has a licence
to produce enough galantamine to help 9,000 Alzheimer’s patients every year. Mr
Stephens said: “We know we
can make it cheaper than
China and more sustainable,
but we can’t get to that point
where we can produce thousands of kilos.”
Dr Aoife Kiely, of Alzheimer’s Society, said galantamine could not cure or
slow down dementia, but
had been proven to help ease
its symptoms.
Woman fails to reunite
late parents in grave
A WOMAN has failed in her
bid to exhume her father’s remains so he could be re-buried with her natural mother.
Cyril Halstead Cawthron
was married to Marion, his
first wife, for 15 years until
she died in 1956.
She was buried with her
husband’s late parents in St
Wilfrid’s churchyard in
Standish, Wigan, and it appeared he would join them
when his time came.
But eight years later he
married Joan, his second
wife, and they were together
for 28 years until Mr Cawthron died in 1992. Joan died
a short time later and the
pair were buried together in
a separate plot at St Wilfrid’s.
Elaine Durrington, Mr
Cawthron’s daughter, asked
the Church of England’s
Consistory Court for permission to have her father exhumed and buried with his
first wife. But Judge John W
Bullimore ruled his body
should stay where it is, saying there were no circumstances that could be
considered “exceptional”.
knowledge and awareness of truffles.
We had full-time truffle hunters. Mrs
Beaton wrote about them in her cookbooks.
“That awareness and knowledge
died out. We don’t have it in our psyche
as a national product. We need to
change that and get support from the
Forestry Commission and higher up to
scale it up. Given that we did it all 100
years ago, it is like bringing back a native crop.”
Mr Thomas is also developing lab
techniques which are doubling the
growth speed of commercially grown
crops. It involves epigenetics, where
the plant’s genes are switched on and
off, to speed up truffle growth for harvest in three years’ time instead of a
typical growth time of six years.
Seeds are inoculated with truffle
fungus, grown in greenhouses, and
then planted at sites around the UK.
The latest – hazel whips with their
roots enveloped in fungus – were
planted in Bute off the west of Scotland
last year.
Britain sniffs its
chance to become
world’s truffle capital
Matt Sims sets his sprocket spaniel Bella off to sniff out truffles in his wood in Wales where he has recently grown the first British crop of the delicacy
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
World news
French police had Chechen-born
knife killer on security watch list
Khasan Azimov,
who stabbed
several people in
central Paris, had
been on the French
police’s “S” file as a
known radical who
was considered a
security risk
By David Chazan in Paris
‘We carry on
as normal.
This doesn’t
frighten me.
You can’t let
attacks like
this stop you
doing what
you do’
‘I think he
people who
looked like
tourists to
hurt the
Paris that has a large immigrant population. A 20-year-old friend of Azimov
was arrested in Strasbourg, eastern
France, which was the attacker’s home
before he moved to Paris. Police left the
home with a man in handcuffs, his face
hidden by a hood, wearing a black Tshirt with “Defend Grozny”, the capital
of Chechnya, on the front and a drawing of a Kalashnikov rifle on the back.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(Isil) claimed responsibility for the attack on its propaganda website. It was
unconfirmed whether the assailant had
pledged allegiance to the group.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said: “France is paying the price
of blood once again but is not yielding
an inch to the enemies of freedom.” He
praised the courage of the police officers “who neutralised the terrorist”.
Gendarmes cordoned off the area after the attack and instructed people to
stay indoors while they ensured there
were no other assailants at large. Peo-
Grandfather accused over
Australian family killings
By Our Foreign Staff
THE father of four children killed in a
family mass murder and suicide case
that rocked Australia said yesterday
that their grandfather was to blame.
Aaron Cockman’s children – three
boys and a girl aged eight to 13 – were
among seven people found dead by police on a rural property in the small
town of Osmington near the Margaret
River wine region of Western Australia
on Thursday.
The bodies of their mother Katrina
Miles, 35, and grandparents Peter and
Cynda Miles were also found at the
property. Mr Cockman, who told reporters in Margaret River he was estranged from Katrina, said it was a
planned shooting. “Peter didn’t snap,”
he said. “I think he thought this
through. I think he’s been thinking this
through for a long time.”
Police have yet to confirm which
family member was the killer but said
they were not searching for any suspects. Three firearms licensed to Peter
Miles were found by investigators.
Mr Cockman said that after feeling
“so much anger” during legal struggles
over custody of his children, such feelings had vanished. He said: “I don’t feel
angry. I feel tremendous sadness for my
kids.” Investigators have not revealed
the motive for the deaths, but Mr Cockman said he had enjoyed a close relationship with Katrina’s parents.
“(Peter) was like my best friend and I
still love who he was, but his attitude…
there are some people you just don’t
get on the wrong side of… and that’s
Peter and Cynda,” Mr Cockman added.
ple stayed in restaurants, bars and theatres for several hours, with doors
closed and blinds or curtains drawn.
They were told to remain quiet to avoid
attracting attention.
Mr Woodhead, 40, said: “We had
about 20 customers and I moved them
A bullet hole on the
door of Le Mosigny
Brasserie close to
the spot where
Azimov was shot
dead by police
away from the windows. We finished
our service and we gave everyone a
free round of drinks.”
He opened his restaurant as usual
last night. Echoing the sentiments of
many Parisians, he said: “We’re carrying on as normal. This doesn’t frighten
“I’ve got friends who own a restaurant near Borough Market and you
can’t let attacks like the one there or
this one stop you doing what you do.”
France has been on high alert for the
past three years amid a string of terror
attacks that have left nearly 250 people
The state of emergency that was declared after 130 people were killed in
coordinated attacks on the Bataclan
concert venue in Paris and nearby bars
and restaurants in November 2015 has
been lifted. But most of its provisions,
granting police extra powers to search
premises and detain suspects, have
been incorporated into French law.
By Our Foreign Staff
A FAMILY of six, including two young
daughters, killed at least 13 people and
left dozens wounded in suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches yesterday.
The bombings during morning services in Surabaya were Indonesia’s
deadliest terror attacks for years, as the
world’s biggest Muslim-majority country grapples with home-grown militancy and rising intolerance towards
religious minorities.
The bombers – a mother and father,
two daughters aged nine and 12, and
two sons aged 16 and 18 – were linked to
the local extremist network Jamaah
Ansharut Daulah (JAD) which supports
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(Isil), said Tito Karnavian, the national
police chief. Local media reports said
the family may have returned from
Syria, where hundreds of Indonesians
have flocked in recent years to fight
alongside Isil.
The mother, identified as Puji
Kuswati, and her two daughters were
wearing niqab face veils and had
bombs strapped to their waists as they
entered the grounds of the Kristen Indonesia Diponegoro Church and blew
themselves up, Mr Karnavian said.
We will yield not an inch to
terrorism, says Macron as
Isil claims responsibility
for Paris attack
THE suspected terrorist who stabbed a
man to death and injured four other
people with a knife in central Paris on
Saturday evening was a Chechen-born
terror watch list.
Named yesterday as Khamzat Azimov, 20, he was questioned by counter-terrorism police last year over his
links with Islamist radicals, including a
woman arrested in Hungary suspected
of planning to join jihadists in Syria.
French intelligence identified him
using facial recognition software. Born
in Russia’s Chechen Republic, Azimov
became French in 2010 when his
mother was naturalised after being
granted asylum.
Police shot him dead in Rue Monsigny, near the Palais Garnier opera
house, nine minutes after they received the first emergency call at
8.47pm on Saturday. He shouted “Allahu akhbar” as he slashed at bystanders’ throats. Dozens ran, shouting
warnings to others as they fled.
After failing to subdue Azimov with
a non-lethal Taser, police surrounded
him and fired twice as he rushed at
them, shouting: “Kill me or I’ll kill you.”
One shot hit him and the other pierced
the glass door of a café, Le Monsigny,
which was closed at the time.
Oliver Woodhead, a Londoner who
owns L’Entente, a brasserie serving
British food yards from where the killer
was shot, told The Daily Telegraph: “It
could have been a lot worse if the police hadn’t got here so quickly, or if the
weather had been warmer and more
people had been sitting outside.
“I think he targeted people who
looked like tourists to hurt the tourist
The area, known for its nightlife, was
bustling but less crowded than usual
for a Saturday night because many residents were away on holiday.
Overnight, doctors operated on a
54-year-old woman and a man, 34, who
were seriously injured in the attack.
The man was described as a tourist but
his nationality was not disclosed. Gérard Collomb, the interior minister,
said both were “out of danger”.
Another woman, aged 26, and a
31-year-old man had minor injuries.
The murdered Frenchman was named
only as Ronan, and was 29 years old.
One of the injured was believed to be a
Chinese national.
Azimov had no criminal record but
was among the 20,000 people on the
“S” file of suspects considered a potential security risk. The authorities face
questions over surveillance, as other
attacks have also been perpetrated by
“S” file suspects.
Police took Azimov’s parents into
custody yesterday for questioning, but
they were not thought to be suspects.
Investigators searched the furnished
rooms where Azimov lived with his
mother in a lodging house in a working-class neighbourhood of northern
Family of six
kill 13 in
terror attacks
A bomb-laden car caused the explosion at
the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church
The father, Dita Priyanto, the JAD
cell leader, drove a bomb-laden car into
the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal
Church while his sons rode motorcycles into Santa Maria church, where
they detonated explosives they were
carrying, Mr Karnavian said.
“All were suicide attacks but the
types of bombs are different,” he said.
The group, led by jailed radical
Aman Abdurrahman, has been linked
to several incidents, including a 2016
gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left four attackers and four
civilians dead. That was the first assault
claimed by Isil in southeast Asia.
Police said four suspected JAD members were killed in a shoot-out during
raids linked to a deadly prison riot this
week. Five members of Indonesia’s
elite anti-terrorism squad and a prisoner were killed in clashes that saw Islamist inmates take a guard hostage at a
high-security jail on the outskirts of
Jakarta. Isil claimed responsibility.
Mr Karnavian said Sunday’s attacks
may have been revenge for the arrest of
some of JAD’s leaders and for the prison
crisis which eventually saw the surrender of the radical inmates. “The incident angered them … and there were
instructions from IS in Syria, so they
waited for a moment to take revenge.”
Chinese carrier takes to the MH370 passengers ‘victims
seas as military modernises of mass murder’ by pilot
By Neil Connor in Beijing
CHINA’S first home-built aircraft carrier began sea trials yesterday, a major
step for Beijing as it builds up its military might.
The carrier will be the second to enter the Chinese navy, and comes as Beijing seeks to modernise its armed
The ship, which is known only as
“Type 001A”, set out for the trials from
the north-eastern port of Dalian, where
it was built.
The trial was to “test the reliability
and stability of the carrier’s power system and other equipment,” Xinhua
news agency said
“Construction on the carrier has
been carried out as planned since it
was launched in April last year, and
The giant ship is the
first of its kind to be
home-built, but is
not expected to
enter service until
equipment debugging, outfitting and
mooring tests have been completed to
make it ready for the trial mission at
sea,” it added, citing sources.
Images posted by Chinese media online showed the huge carrier not far
from its dock, apparently setting off for
trials with smaller vessels. It is not expected to enter service until 2020.
China’s military has been updated
since Xi Jinping, the president, assumed
power five years ago.
By Rob Crilly in New York
AVIATION experts believe they may
have solved the mystery of the disappearance of flight MH370, saying the
239 passengers and crew were the victims of a mass murder carried out by
the plane’s captain.
The fate of the Boeing 777 has mystified investigators ever since it went
missing en route from Kuala Lumpur
to Beijing in 2014. However, a panel of
experts assembled for the Australian
TV programme 60 Minutes said the evidence suggested that Captain Zaharie
Ahmad Shah executed a careful series
of manoeuvres to ensure the plane disappeared in a remote location.
Martin Dolan, the former head of the
Australia Transport Safety Bureau,
who led the two-year search for the
missing plane, said: “This was planned,
this was deliberate, and it was done
over an extended period of time.”
The plane was presumed to have
flown on autopilot before running out
of fuel and plunging into the southern
Indian Ocean. However, the wreckage
has never been found and the search
was suspended in January last year.
The panel said a more gradual descent could mean the search was concentrated in the wrong area and that
the plane could be found largely intact.
Larry Vance, an air crash investigator, said the public could be confident
in a growing consensus about the
plane’s final moments and that the pilot
was intent on killing himself.
“Unfortunately, he was killing everybody else on board, and he did it deliberately,” he added.
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
World news
Trump turns
the tide to
ease fears
of midterm
poll wipeout
control of the House to the Democrats
at the November midterms, hopes are
still high for holding the Senate and
keeping House losses to a minimum.
A recent CNN poll asking voters
which party they would back in congressional elections showed the Democrats leading the Republicans by just
three percentage points.
Some 47 per cent said Democrat and
44 per cent Republican – a major
change from February, when 54 per
cent said Democrat and 38 per cent
said Republican.
Mr Trump’s approval rating is also at
its highest point since May 2017,
though it remains lower than most past
presidents at the same point in their
first terms.
“Tax cuts have helped us, jobs are
good, the economy is doing good, the
stock market is relatively strong,” one
Republican strategist said.
“The images of the hostages coming
back from North Korea gives us a sense
of international stability and security,
whereas people might have had some
trepidation six months ago. The Washington bubble can get lost in the topics
they feel like covering rather than the
issues the average person feels.”
A senior Republican aide in Congress said: “What the Democrats really
need but they don’t have is some national issue and message.”
Ivanka Trump, the US president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, attends a reception held at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem yesterday
Ivanka lands in Israel for Jerusalem embassy
opening amid upsurge in Gaza hostilities
By Sara Elizabeth Williams
IVANKA TRUMP arrived in Israel yesterday for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem hours after the
Israeli defence forces destroyed a tunnel near the main pedestrian crossing
of the Gaza strip.
Along with Jared Kushner, her husband, Ms Trump will lead the American
delegation today to mark the decision to
move US operations from Tel Aviv.
The transfer has angered Palestinian
leaders, who claim East Jerusalem as
the capital of a future state.
Ahead of the ceremony, a military
spokesman said air strikes had destroyed a 1km tunnel built by the militant group Hamas and which had been
tracked for weeks before being destroyed just inside the Gaza fence.
“Hamas is spreading messages of its
desire for a long-term ceasefire but actually digs terror tunnels into the territory of the state of Israel,” said Avigdor
Liberman, Israeli defence minister, on
“We’re not buying this bluff. We will
continue, like this evening, to strike
the terror infrastructure.”
The same day, the Israeli military announced the closure of the main cargo
crossing along the same border after
demonstrations inside the strip caused
extensive damage to the crossing.
More than $9 million (£6.6 million)
worth of damage was caused during
Friday’s protest, including the destruc-
Smoke and fire rise
following an air strike
on the Hamas-built
tunnel in Beit Hanun,
in the northern part
of the Gaza strip
tion of the Kerem Shalom crossing’s
main fuel and gas lines, which bring in
cooking gas and diesel for hospital generators. Shortages are now imminent.
The Israeli military has long blamed
Hamas for inciting violence and military response, thereby perpetuating
shortages in the blockaded strip.
“Hamas continues to lead the residents of Gaza to destroy the only assis-
tance they receive,” the army said of
the damage wrought at Kerem Shalom.
Hamas said: “The Israeli bombardment of the northern Gaza strip is a
miserable and failed attempt to prevent
the participation of our masses in the
major ‘March of Return’ and to break
the siege on May 14th.”
Tensions have been growing along
the Gaza border fence in the lead up to
May 14, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when the Palestinian population
was forcibly moved during the creation
of the state of Israel.
Since the demonstrations began on
March 30, 42 Palestinians have been
killed and at least another 1,800 wounded.
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European firms warned by US they risk
sanctions if they continue to work in Iran
By Rob Crilly in New York
JOHN BOLTON, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, yesterday
warned European businesses they
could face sanctions if they continued
working in Iran, raising the prospect of
a transatlantic rift over how to handle
However, at the same time, Mike
Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said
he was hopeful Washington could still
strike a new nuclear deal over Iran
with Europe. The diverging tones suggest splits within the US administration
about how to work with the international community in reining in Iran’s
Iran launched a diplomatic effort at
the weekend to keep the deal alive. Javad Zarif, the foreign minister, embarked on a tour of signatories aimed at
persuading them to help protect Iran
from US sanctions. After meeting his
counterpart in Beijing, Mr Zarif said
yesterday: “We hope that with this visit
to China and other countries we will be
able to construct a clear future design
for the comprehensive agreement.”
Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president,
said: “If the remaining five countries
continue to abide by the agreement,
‘If the remaining countries
abide by the agreement, Iran
will remain in the deal,
despite the will of America’
Iran will remain in the deal, despite the
will of America.”
Theresa May spoke with Mr Rouhani
yesterday to reiterate the UK’s position
of upholding the nuclear deal, Downing Street said. “She said it is in both
the UK and Iran’s national security interests to maintain the deal and welcomed President Rouhani’s public
commitment to abide by its terms, add-
ing that it is essential that Iran continues to meet its obligations,” a No 10
spokesman said.
The US decision to withdraw from
the Iran nuclear deal last week angered
European leaders, risking a transatlantic rift as they considered protecting
companies against American sanctions. Mr Bolton said sanctions on European companies were “possible”. “I
think the Europeans will see that it’s in
their interest ultimately to come along
with us,” he told CNN.
But speaking on Fox News Sunday,
Mr Pompeo used more conciliatory
language and insisted the decision to
withdraw had not been aimed at the
UK or the European Union.
“I’m hopeful in the days and weeks
ahead we can come up with a deal that
really works, that really protects the
world from Iranian bad behaviour – not
just their nuclear programme, but their
missiles and their malign behaviour as
well,” he said. .
Merkel given ‘very
personal tour’ of
president’s bedroom
By Justin Huggler in Berlin
DONALD TRUMP’S hopes of avoiding
a Republican wipeout at the midterm
elections have markedly improved on
the back of foreign policy successes
and a booming economy.
One poll has put the Democrats just
three points ahead of the Republicans,
down from a 16 point lead in February,
with the president’s approval ratings
on the rise.
The resolution of the North Korea
impasse, with a meeting between Mr
Trump and Kim Jong-un scheduled
and three US detainees returned, has
confounded critics.
There are also signs that enthusiasm
among Trump supporters for getting
out to vote in the November congressional elections is on the rise, which is
crucial for turnout.
Republican strategists have told The
Daily Telegraph they are feeling much
more upbeat about their prospects for
keeping control of the Senate come November. Some believe voters are taking
little interest in the Russian electionmeddling investigation and White
House personnel controversies dominating coverage from Washington.
Instead they think the president will
get the credit for the growing economy
– expanding at 2.3 per cent a year according to recent figures – and a low
unemployment rate.
The optimism is a far cry from last
autumn, when Mr Trump had failed to
pass any major legislation after months
of White House chaos and a falling approval rating.
However, in the past six months Mr
Trump has forced through a $1.5 trillion
tax cut, delivered on campaign promises such as scrapping the Iran deal and
implementing steel tariffs, and made
progress in North Korea.
Republicans currently hold majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the two law-making
bodies that make up the US Congress.
While they are still expected to lose
By Ben Riley-Smith US EDITOR
Pride and joy Mariela Castro, daughter of Raúl Castro,
the former president of Cuba, at a parade in Havana for
the 11th annual Cuban Campaign against Homophobia.
DONALD TRUMP showed Angela Merkel his bedroom on her most recent
visit to Washington, the US ambassador to Germany has claimed.
In one of the more bizarre attempts
to defend Mr Trump’s apparently frosty
relationship with the German chancellor, Richard Grenell said the president
had given her a “very personal” tour of
his private living quarters.
“Donald Trump personally led the
chancellor through the part of the
White House where he actually lives,”
Mr Grenell said in an interview with
several German newspapers.
“Angela Merkel even saw the president’s living room and bedroom. That
was very personal. No president has
shown that to her before.”
The US has been at pains to deny reports that Mr Trump and Mrs Merkel
have a strained relationship.
Mr Grenell claimed Mr Trump and
Mrs Merkel have “great chemistry”. Although they have “different views on
some issues” Mr Trump has “incredible respect” for the chancellor, he said.
The US embassy in Berlin said yesterday that Mr Trump had given Mrs
Merkel a tour with a large group of people, including Mike Pence, the vicepresident.
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World news
Russia’s ‘dog death squads’ target strays for World Cup
Football host city puts out
tenders for cull despite
Kremlin pledges to find
alternative solution
By Alec Luhn in Sochi
ON A rainy morning in January,
Vachagan Emeksuzyan was driving
near his home in the Russian resort of
Sochi when he saw a bright spot on the
brown roadside. He stopped and got
out, and was shocked at what he saw:
the shape was a sandy-coloured neighbourhood dog that he had known for
years, lying dead in the water with a
dart in its side.
According to Mr Emeksuzyan, 30,
and animal rights activists, this was one
of hundreds of stray dogs and cats
killed by city contractors as Sochi gets
ready to host matches at the World Cup
next month.
“I had fed this dog, it had come into
our yard. It was a big healthy male dog,”
Mr Emeksuzyan recalled. The immi-
nent influx of foreign football fans has
raised pressure to get rid of the estimated two million strays in 11 World
Cup cities. Proponents of harsh action
argue that dogs have attacked humans.
In December, Vitaly Mutko, the deputy prime minister, ordered host cities
to come up with a solution.
To cut down on disease and reduce
the population of stray dogs, international animal rights groups stress housing, vaccination and sterilisation are
required, as well as registration and
education for owners. In Sochi, people
often let their dogs and cats roam. But
with few shelters and a bill on animal
protections stuck in parliament, local
authorities in Russia have turned to a
quicker fix: poison.
“They just try to destroy them, no
one deals with the source,” said Ksenia
Serebrennikova, a Sochi activist.
After animal purges led to a public
outcry late last year, the head of parliament’s environmental protection committee called on the sport minister to
stop the “mass destruction of unsupervised animals”. In January, Yekaterina
Dmitriyeva, an activist, discovered tenders worth £1.44 million to catch strays
on a state procurement website.
Her petition calling on Fifa, World
Cup teams and Vladimir Putin to stop
these “canine KGB death squads”, open
shelters and adopt a law on strays has
garnered more than 1.8 million signatures.
More than 240,000 people have
signed a petition against the “mass killing of animals” in Volgograd, where
England will play Tunisia on June 18. In
January Mr Mutko told host cities to
Scorpions and
frogs posted
alive to China
to become pets
Catalan separatists clear
way to elect new leader
Catalan politicians have cleared the
way for an independence candidate to
be elected regional president and end
the emergency direct rule imposed by
Madrid during last year’s crisis.
The far-left Popular Unity
Candidacy party said it would abstain
from an investiture vote in the
regional parliament today. The
absence of its votes will leave the
Catalan nationalist Quim Torra with
the majority required for election.
By Neil Connor in Beijing
Sisi ally says president
should have third term
A newspaper editor close to President
Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi hinted in a column
that the Egyptian leader should be
allowed to rule beyond the maximum
two, four-year terms set by the
country’s 2014 constitution.
Yasser Rizq, chairman of al-Akhbar,
argued that time is running short for
the emergence of another leader who
“can shoulder the responsibilities of a
head of state of a country of Egypt’s
weight and prestige”.
Five drown after bridge
falls into Kashmiri river
EXOTIC animals such as scorpions and
poisonous frogs are being posted into
China alive in parcels to feed a rise in
demand for alternative pets.
The influx of banned insects and animals, which include snakes, spiders,
beetles and tortoises, has prompted
fears that the arrivals could harm China’s biodiversity and farming output,
or be used by terrorists.
Illicit traffickers evade customs inspectors by only packing small
amounts of live animals each time, but
the overall trade has been described as
“rampant” by Chinese media.
Authorities have issued warnings
against importers and enforced tighter
border controls in response to the
trade, which has also caused alarm
among animal rights groups.
More than 42,000 mail and parcel
deliveries of banned animals and plants
were seized at Chinese ports last year,
and harmful species were identified in
5,147 of them, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.
Customs officials also identified that
some species, such as the Brazilian
“killer scorpion”, poison dart frogs and
poisonous snakes, could be dangerous
to the public, or be “used by terrorists”,
the China Daily said.
The ownership of pets was banned
in China under Mao Tse-tung, the communist revolutionary leader, who believed it was a bourgeoisie hobby. But
the rise in urbanisation and Western
trends has led to dogs and cats being
welcomed into many homes, as well as
more exotic species.
open temporary animal shelters, and
the next month he promised regulations on sterilising and releasing strays.
Documents published on the state
procurement website show Sochi has
contracted the firm Basya Service to
“catch” 3,501 dogs this year.
Alexei Sorokin, the Basya director,
told The Daily Telegraph strays were
“reservoirs of especially dangerous infections” and that it was too expensive to
keep them in shelters. “There shouldn’t
be any stray animals, they should be destroyed, and that’s it,” he said.
Mighty mosque An aerial view of a new mosque complex that has an area of more than 1.3 million sq ft (125,000 sq metres)
in Ankara, Turkey. The compound is to open at the start of Eid al-Fitr, in mid-June, which marks the end of Ramadan.
An old wooden bridge over a fastmoving river in Kashmir collapsed as
dozens of students were taking
pictures on it, leading to at least five
deaths yesterday.
Javed Ayub, a senior tourism
department official in Pakistaniadministered Kashmir, said 14 students
were rescued after the bridge fell
down and that civil and military rescue
teams were searching for 11 others.
Mr Ayub said rescuers recovered
the bodies of five drowned students.
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
A kiss is just a
kiss – but a hug is
something far
more intrusive
jane ShillinG
issing used to be the
great social pitfall. One
approached friends
and strangers alike with
vigilance, never quite certain
what degree of physical
contact might be expected. A
hand proffered for shaking
might be used to reel you in
for a forcible embrace.
Someone to whom you were
newly introduced might
fasten their lips to your
cheek. I was once kissed by a
woman who had just fired
me, and have never forgiven
myself for not shoving her
briskly into the nearest pot
Just as we have mastered
the social kiss, along comes
an even more formidable
exercise in uninvited close
contact: the random hug.
One of the innumerable
close friends of Meghan
Markle, who have
generously shared their
insights into the Royal
bride-to-be, has claimed that
Miss Markle is in the habit of
hugging the “guards” at
Kensington Palace.
According to the
gossipmonger, when
questioned on the practice:
“She literally said, ‘I’m
American, I hug’.”
The Queen’s Guard must
be quaking in their
bearskins, and so should any
of us who are wary of
hugging. An embrace from
the right person is a lovely
thing, but when the gesture
becomes ubiquitous (and
inescapable) the currency is
fatally debased.
America may be the cradle
of the commercial cuddling
industry (the website of in
Portland, Oregon, features a
selection of wholesome
young women, mostly
clutching soft toys, and a
hopeful-looking chap with a
chinstrap beard), but even
there, they are beginning to
have second thoughts about
promiscuous hugs. Last year
the Girl Scouts of the USA
posted on its Facebook page
a reminder to parents that
their daughters “[Don’t] Owe
Anyone A Hug”.
Quite so. And the same
goes for the rest of us. Before
bearing down on anyone
with arms outstretched, it is
worth bearing in mind the
advice of Garrison Keillor:
“An embrace,” he wrote, “is
too intimate to be conferred
on mere acquaintances.”
Garden sheds, like cars,
are part of the
mythology of masculinity,
offering a potent mix of
brooding solitude and
unlimited opportunities for
idiosyncratic customising.
But what if you were to
combine the two? Like the
chimerical offspring of Alan
Titchmarsh and Jeremy
Clarkson, Kevin Nicks of
Chipping Camden has done
just that. On Saturday he
broke his own land speed
record for a motorised
garden shed, reaching
101mph on Pendine Sands in
Photographs of the occasion
show the shed, a modest,
shingled construction,
prettily embellished with pot
plants on its dashboard.
In a BBC interview, Mr
Nicks said that his shed was a
remarkably smooth drive –
more comfortable, in fact,
than his S-Class Mercedes.
And so much handier for
keeping the lawnmower in.
During the Second
World War, my
grandmother’s piano was
blown across the room by a
bomb blast. It survived, and
decades later I learned to
play on its indomitable
keyboard. When my
grandmother acquired her
piano, music-making was a
common domestic skill. But
now learning an instrument
has become a privilege – a
state of affairs that has
inspired a group of
professional musicians to
campaign for every primary
schoolchild to be taught to
play an instrument. Music,
they say, is an indispensable
part of the human condition.
They are right: like reading
and maths, it should dwell at
the very heart of the school
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Brexiteers think they’re in control.
In reality, their position is weak
The Leave camp may huff
and puff about Mrs May’s
capitulation to the EU, but
they have nowhere to go
juliet Samuel
ee… saw… see… saw… the
advantage has swung back
towards the Brexiteers – or so
they think. The Prime
Minister has yet again
reiterated her pledges to take
back control of Britain’s money,
borders and laws. And yesterday,
Michael Gove went on TV to talk down
her idea for a “customs partnership”
due to “significant questions over its
deliverability”. This is Gove-speak for
what the Foreign Secretary has already
said: it’s crazy.
Each time it seems as if Theresa May
is about to betray the Eurosceptics, she
pulls back. But her conciliatory feints
disguise the truth: the Brexiteers are in
a weak position, and it’s getting
weaker. At the heart of this weakness is
the agreement that Mrs May struck in
December. Few Brexiteers except Mr
Gove seem to realise it, but that was
the moment when the Prime Minister
gave up on everything they want. Her
policy since then has been to drift until
confronted, and then make a “strong
statement” to convince the
Eurosceptics that she’s still on board.
Surprisingly, this seems to be working.
Mrs May surrendered on two major
issues: the cash and the Irish border.
Regarding the cash, she not only
agreed to pay up (which hardly
matters, since we would have paid up
anyway if we had stayed in the EU); she
also gave up on using the cash as
leverage to secure a trade deal.
Without any legal conditionality
attached to our EU payments, Britain’s
biggest bargaining chip disappeared.
Then there’s Ireland. In her
desperation for a “breakthrough”, the
Prime Minister agreed to a form of
wording that is wholly incompatible
with her Brexit promises. The
December document says that if
Brussels doesn’t fancy our alternative
suggestions for the Irish border,
Britain will maintain “full alignment”
with EU rules. The “customs
partnership” idea now preoccupying
our government is, at best, irrelevant
and, at worst, a smokescreen for
effectively staying in the customs
union, as Ireland wants. Simon
Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime
minister, said as much on the BBC
yesterday when he voiced support for
an EU-UK “customs partnership”.
Despite all of this, the Brexiteers act
relaxed. When I asked Parliament’s
chief Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg, why,
he shrugged it off. The Irish backstop
is a “meaningless” piece of paper, he
said. Legally, perhaps. But
diplomatically, that piece of paper is a
set of shackles, and it’s one that the EU
and Ireland fully intend to use. The
Brexiteers tend to repeat its comforting
mantra: “Nothing is agreed until
everything is agreed.” The problem is
that Mrs May’s concessions have now
made “everything” a very unpalatable
option. And they cannot be sure that,
given the choice, Mrs May will choose
“nothing” over “everything”.
Unfortunately, without being willing
to risk “nothing” – a “no deal” Brexit –
we will not break the impasse over
Ireland. The EU will stick to its guns,
betting that our Prime Minister doesn’t
have the stomach to walk out for real.
It is just about possible that it is wrong.
Perhaps, in the autumn, Mrs May will
undergo a personality transplant, jump
up and shout: “Non!” God knows she
will have left it horribly late to take her
stand, but stranger things have
happened. The likelihood, however, is
that this won’t happen. Instead, she
will sign on the dotted line.
What, then, will be the options
available to the Brexiteers? There are
two possibilities. The first is that they
try to force her out. So we’d see an
en-masse resignation of Brexiteer
Cabinet ministers and a flood of letters
to the 1922 Committee. Before a
leadership contest can start, though,
the rules require Tory MPs to hold a
vote of no confidence in their leader.
Mrs May would almost certainly
survive such a vote. Hardcore
Brexiteers account for no more than
100 MPs on the Conservative benches.
That leaves more than 200 loyalists to
keep her in place.
Eurosceptics would still have a
second potential way to stop the Prime
Minister from reneging on her Brexit
promises. Thanks to the amendments
passed by Remainers, which require
Parliament to be given a “meaningful”
vote on Brexit, MPs will have the
chance to vote on the deal she brings
back from Brussels. If Mrs May has
made too many concessions, Brexiteers
could simply vote it down.
They would, ironically, be using a
tool crafted by their opponents. The
Remainers’ thinking was that, because
they make up a majority in both
Houses, holding a parliamentary vote
on Brexit would help their cause. But
most Remainers sit on the Labour and
SNP benches. Labour will certainly
never vote to take joint responsibility
for Mrs May’s Brexit by endorsing it. So
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Mrs May needs all of her MPs and the
DUP to pass the deal.
To Brexiteers, this is a backdoor way
of achieving their ends. They think
that if the government’s deal fails in
Parliament, we will simply cruise out
of the EU with no deal at all. And if Mrs
May doesn’t want to be in the driver’s
seat, well, she can move over.
There are two problems with this
plan. First, if she is rejected by the
Brexiteers, the spurned Mrs May could
seek out other parliamentary allies. A
cross-party alliance of Remainers, who
far outnumber Brexiteers, might offer
her a bargain: we’ll vote for your
godforsaken deal if you return to
Brussels to water it down further, or if
you hold a second referendum on it.
Second, Mrs May could play the
most deadly card of all: holding a
parliamentary vote of confidence in
her government. The Brexiteers would
then be in an absurd position. Either
they would vote to keep her in place
despite having rejected her most
important and defining policy, or they
would vote to topple her, which could
trigger either the formation of a
pro-Remain “unity” government or
fresh elections.
Meanwhile, the public would be
watching in disbelief. Even if the
Brexiteers did manage to scupper Mrs
May’s deal, there will be precious little
time left for preparing the country for
a “no deal”. And if there is one sure-fire
way to frighten markets and
undermine confidence in Brexit and
Brexiteers, it is by tipping the
government into full-blown chaos. It’s
a scenario that is certainly seen as very
helpful by those people who want
Britain to hold a second referendum.
The Brexiteers might huff and puff,
but they have lost control of Brexit.
With every day that passes, it gets
harder to see how they can take it back.
Government is backing British ingenuity
A new body – UKRI – will
bring a fresh approach to
funding the work of our
scientists and innovators
Sam Gyimah
n asking anew how Britain will make
its way in the world, Brexit has
revealed an issue that has been
brewing for more than a decade. Prior
to the crisis in 2009, the UK’s economic
fortunes were buoyed up by financial
services and North Sea oil and gas.
With the City less profitable today, and
North Sea output naturally declining,
the search is on for the next wave of
world-leading British businesses.
Meanwhile, global breakthroughs in
scientific knowledge and technological
progress are disrupting entire
industries at an unprecedented pace.
Here, Britain is well-placed to lead. We
may often speak of ourselves as a nation
of shopkeepers, but we are also a nation
of scientists, engineers and innovators.
So if we want to seize the future, now
is the time to double down on the
economy of ideas and invest in science
and innovation. That is why the
Chancellor announced an additional
£4.7 billion in public funding for
science, research and innovation over
the current spending review period,
the largest increase for 40 years. And
we have set an even more ambitious
goal for our future: to increase public
and private investment in research and
development by a third, to 2.4 per cent
of GDP by 2027.
This is central part of our industrial
strategy. Just as the Government’s
target to spend 2 per cent of GDP on
defence is our commitment to national
security, this R&D target is a
commitment to economic security.
Today we are launching the biggest
shake-up of how government supports
research and innovation in a
generation. To realise the full potential
of this investment, a new organisation
called UK Research and Innovation will
pull together the eight bodies that
currently fund academic research with
Innovate UK, which co-invests with
businesses in promising technologies.
UKRI will bring a new, strategic
approach to funding the best efforts of
our scientists and innovators. The new
organisation will make for better-
directed, more collaborative research.
It will provide a strong voice for
world-class science, research and
technology. It will have a mandate to
ensure that science makes it from the
lab to the real world, and that those
ideas are put into action – in industry,
in our hospitals, in small businesses.
Too often, Britain is the country that
comes up with the best innovations,
only to see them developed and
commercialised elsewhere. Our goal is
that the formation of UKRI changes this
story, and that the fruits of success will
be felt far beyond this generation.
Britain is very good at generating the
big thinking and innovation now
needed to address the critical
challenges of our time. From Newton to
Faraday, and from Ada Lovelace to
Frank Whittle, the UK has a long
history as a science and technology
superpower. Name a problem facing
the world and chances are that we have
researchers, entrepreneurs and
technicians at the forefront of the effort
to put it right. At the Faraday
Institution in Harwell, Oxfordshire,
scientists are designing new battery
technology to power the clean cars of
the future. Tech companies like
DeepMind and Improbable are
deploying artificial intelligence and
augmented reality in fields from
healthcare to architecture. And at the
Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult in
Stevenage, businesses are exploring
how personalised medicines can offer
cures for once incurable diseases.
Clean growth, the future of ageing,
artificial intelligence and mobility are
some of the biggest challenges and
opportunities facing the world. UKRI
enhances Britain’s ability to help
address these global problems, while
yielding prosperity for the country.
Government has a role to play, but
ultimately successful research and
innovation relies on serendipity,
determination and the spark of genius
that comes from the best minds
working together. So, to deliver on this
ambition, Britain has to be the go-toplace for the world’s brightest and best
scientists and innovators.
This Government understands that
whether it is in the labs of our great
universities or in the marketplace,
success relies on fostering the “can-do”
spirit our nation is built on. In backing
ingenuity, enterprise and endeavour,
we are helping write the next chapter
for our economy – and helping make
the world a better place.
Sam Gyimah is the minister for
universities, science, research and
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
Letters to the Editor
Little time and less
strategy for Brexit
he EU summit, at which key decisions
are due to be made about the UK’s
post-Brexit customs arrangements,
takes place at the end of next month.
The preparatory work will need to be
finished at least a week beforehand so
that the 27 other member states can be consulted
by the Commission. This means just five weeks
remain for this matter to be settled; and yet the
Government has not even got a unified position.
The Cabinet’s Brexit sub-committee has failed to
reach agreement on the two options: first, a
customs partnership under which the UK would
collect the EU’s external tariffs, which has been
dismissed as “crazy” by Boris Johnson; second, a
technology-based solution, which is favoured by
Brexiteers but does not apparently meet Theresa
May’s pledge to avoid a hard border in Ireland.
How is this to be resolved? In what must be a
first for British governance, ministers have been
put into two teams to examine the options, with
the Prime Minister favouring the partnership plan
that a majority of her committee colleagues
rejected. Yet Michael Gove, a leading figure in the
Leave campaign, yesterday said “significant
question marks” remained over the idea.
If these divisions are so fundamental, it is hard to
see them being settled in five weeks. One side will
need to give way and Mrs May is determined it will
not be her. In a newspaper article yesterday she
promised a solution that ensured frictionless trade,
enabled the UK to strike trade deals around the
world and did not result in a hard border on the
island of Ireland. None of these appear achievable
if the technical option is pursued, since it would
involve infrastructure either at or near the border
between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister,
predicted the talks would become “very difficult” if
this were to become the UK’s chosen approach. Yet
as Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, will point out
in a speech today, the rest of Europe needs a deal
with the UK because of the importance of crossborder co-operation in the fight against terrorism.
Is it the PM’s strategy to call all these bluffs by
maintaining uncertainty until the last minute,
when she will push for her preferred option as the
only way of avoiding a breakdown? In her
weekend article, she promised to deliver Brexit but
said compromise was needed. The question many
Leavers are now asking themselves is whether the
Brexit on offer will be worth it.
An Olympic character
ew, if anyone, at Westminster had a bad word
to say about Dame Tessa Jowell, who died
yesterday aged 70. Such unanimity of
affection is rare enough in politics, but even more
so given that she was not a bland and faceless
figure about whom it was easy to be indifferent.
She actually got things done. She is remembered
not merely as a pleasant and courteous politician
who cared about others, but as a resourceful and
ambitious minister who had significant
achievements to her name.
Foremost was the London Olympics of 2012. As
Culture Secretary in Tony Blair’s cabinet, she
persuaded ministers to throw the Government’s
full weight behind London’s bid in 2005 to host the
games. Lady Jowell, as she later became, then kept
the flame alight amid controversy over rising costs,
exacerbated by the financial crash of 2008. Though
Labour lost office in 2010, few would cavil at the
suggestion that she, along with Sebastian Coe and
the Olympic delivery team, were the leading lights
in what became a national triumph. Yet when
asked to identify the achievement of which she
was most proud, she named her role in the Sure
Start programme for early years education.
Latterly, Lady Jowell campaigned for innovative
cancer treatment and research after being
diagnosed last year with an aggressive brain
tumour. Her speech in the House of Lords in
January was characteristic in its balanced and
non-partisan analysis. She championed the
Eliminate Cancer Initiative, a global programme
that seeks to encourage health systems around the
world to share the knowledge, recognising that the
disease is better tackled by pooling expertise. A
worthy legacy would be for the NHS to rise to her
Standing innovation
rince Harry and his soon-to-be wife Meghan
Markle are clearly intent on doing things
their way when they tie the knot in Windsor
on Saturday. Not content with ditching the
traditional fruit cake in favour of a lemon-and
elderflower sponge, their reception will be a
stand-up affair. Guests will be provided with
bowls for food, allowing them the freedom to
mingle rather than being sat at a table. This will
obviate one of the great risks of any wedding,
which is to end up next to a relative you have
been avoiding for years. Will the walk-about
reception catch on in the way many previous
Royal innovations have done? Presumably chairs
will still be available for older members of the
family. Or perhaps a throne?
Electoral register sales
SIR – Playing games with her Cabinet
and dividing them into two teams
makes Theresa May seem more like a
primary school teacher than Prime
If Mrs May has the guts, and wishes
to go down in history as a success, she
must deliver full independence for
Britain from the undemocratic EU.
Given that the House of Commons
is still about 60 per cent Remainer,
if she is double-crossed by MPs and
outvoted, she should show some
faith and go once more to the country
– unless she really is a Remainer
double agent.
Gerald Heath
Corsham, Wiltshire
SIR – I agree with Tim Wood’s
sentiments about the General Data
Protection Regulations (Letters, May
12). A cornerstone of the GDPR is that
an individual’s data should not be used
for marketing purposes without their
specific consent.
Small businesses, organisations and
charities can live with that. They
should not need to go through a
process of getting consent to hold data
already provided by the individual for
the use expected by that individual.
Those wrestling with GDPR may not
realise that one of the biggest holders
of personal data is exempt, namely
local authorities. In February 2018, on
advice from the Information
Commissioner’s Office, the Electoral
Commission advised electoral
registration officers that GDPR does
not apply to open electoral registers.
In my constituency, St Ives, 43 per
cent of the electorate have not applied
to Cornwall council to “opt out”, so
their names and addresses appear in
the open register. If 43 per cent is
applied across the whole electorate,
20 million citizens, without specific
consent, can have their names and
addresses sold on by local authorities,
for any purpose to anyone who pays.
Bob Wright
Helston, Cornwall
SIR –The Government, in its leaflet to
households on the EU referendum,
said to the British people: “This is your
decision. The Government will
implement what you decide.” The
British people voted to leave the EU.
The Conservative election
manifesto in 2017 stated its policy was
for the UK to leave the single market
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and customs union. The Conservative
party won the election and is in
So what is the basis for the actions of
Conservative MPs and Conservative
peers who are working to usurp the
democratic will of the British people?
Paul Miller
SIR – The question of the Northern
Ireland border often sees two separate
issues conflated. One that can easily
be resolved concerns different
regulations on products and services.
I have been involved in exporting
manufactured goods worldwide for 40
years. The regulations and standards
that govern them are relevant at the
point of sale, not the point of
importation. It is illegal to sell a
product that does not meet local
standards in the majority of developed
countries. In my experience they are
never checked by customs for
The issue of tariffs is more
problematic. The EU is concerned
about an import into the UK on one
tariff (which may be lower than its
own) being forwarded into Europe,
creating “unfair” competition. This
highlights the way tariffs are used to
reduce competition and protect local
producers rather than consumers.
We should declare that we will
allow goods from the EU to enter the
UK tariff-free after Brexit. A solution
to goods and services travelling the
other way is for the EU to propose
and for us to agree.
Julian Tope
Portishead, Somerset
SIR – The CBI and others put their
weight behind a complicated scheme
whereby the United Kingdom would
collect EU tariffs and operate a
computer program to sort out goods
destined for the EU and goods
destined for the UK.
When has a complicated computer
program organised by HM
Government worked?
His Honour Lord Parmoor
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Flagship to launch
SIR – Boris Johnson, the Foreign
Secretary, was taken to task by the
Prime Minister for asserting that after
Brexit, Britain must be unfettered in
its trade with the world.
He believes that membership of the
customs partnership, now under
Cabinet consideration, would restrict
that ability.
In effect Mr Johnson was only
reflecting Theresa May’s mantra:
“Brexit means Brexit.”
In this new environment many
people think that the Commonwealth
should be an important focus for
expansion of trade. Its GDP growth
out-performs the EU’s and has done
for years.
Take India – a country with a new
and massive middle class and a
tempting market for our financial
services, other invisibles and high-end
consumer goods.
Perhaps Mr Johnson will endorse
the new private-sector initiative aimed
at building and operating a literal
Flagship to promote trade, education
and environmental awareness among
Commonwealth countries.
This would be a statement of
confidence in the future of British
business and could give practical help
to those in less fortunate corners of the
Commonwealth, where education and
profitable trade need to underlie their
road to a better life.
Ian Maiden
Chairman, The New Flagship Company
Beaulieu, Hampshire
Zéro point
GPs’ hours
Children’s games in Cabinet not enough to break Mrs May’s stalemate
Farming in the age of steam: Embankment at Night by Claughton Pellew (1920)
Railway embankments as nature reserves
SIR – I grew up with the main
Waterloo-Bournemouth line on an
embankment running along the
bottom of our garden. In the days of
steam the permanent way was kept
meticulously clear of any vegetation
other than grass, to minimise the
risk of fire.
Now embankments are covered in
trees and bushes, and the problem is
leaves on the line and fallen trees.
The solution must be to return it to
how it used to be.
Geraldine Wills
Chaffcombe, Somerset
their quest for suitable sites to
establish “wildlife corridors” to
protect bees, butterflies and moths
(report, May 10).
With 20,000 miles of railway
embankments facing a five-year,
multi-million pound “enhanced
level” of tree clearance, Network
Rail could at least help to provide a
valuable habitat for the wildflowers
and pollinators we so urgently need.
If trees do, indeed, need to be
felled, then some joined-up thinking
should be encouraged by including
railways in the forthcoming
Protection of Pollinators Bill.
Steve Spencer
Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire
SIR – Is there a point to Eurovision?
Philip Lord
Rossendale, Lancashire
SIR – Ben Bradley MP and the charity
Buglife deserve every success in
Old Vic? Feel sick
Meghan Markle’s christening: so far so good
SIR – The façade of the Old Vic theatre
(Arts, May 10) was reconstructed in
1983 based on the 1830 appearance,
incorporating simplified moulding
The present all-over flattening
colour wash with “The Old Vic”
crudely painted over the same name
incised in the stone under it (which
shows through) can only have been
done by a vandal.
I feel sick every time I pass it.
Alan Stockwell
Smarden, Kent
SIR – Undoubtedly, some, as Scripture
says “have the gift of prophecy”, and
more often than not you are right in
your Leading Articles, but I have a
concern about the third leader on May
10. You say that Meghan Markle was
“successfully christened” by the
Archbishop of Canterbury.
The service order offers these words
to the candidate for Baptism: “Fight
valiantly as a disciple of Christ against
sin, the world and the devil, and
remain faithful to Christ to the end of
your life.” Surely, we will not know
whether the Baptism was successful
until Meghan’s earthly life is done.
This said, I am confident in the
Archbishop’s preparation of Ms
Markle, which, with the baptismal
ceremony and the forthcoming
marriage, will enable this delightful
couple to bring joy and hope to ours
and coming generations.
Canon Alan Hughes
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
sir – The behaviour of some professed
Christians makes it appear probable
some christenings are unsuccessful.
Douglas M H Crook
Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
SIR – Among unsuccessful christenings
was surely that of the Byzantine
emperor Constantine V (718-75).
Legend says that at the critical
moment of the ceremony the child
fouled the font, earning himself the
soubriquet by which history has
known him: Constantine Copronymus.
Jeremy Thomas
SIR – Dr Laurence Buckman is an
experienced GP and entitled to his
own opinion (report, “Younger GPs
‘really don’t like’ working long hours,
says senior medic as pressure piles on
surgeries,” May 9).
But the Royal College of GPs takes
issue with his comments about
younger GPs “not liking” to work long
hours – as will every “young” GP who
is dedicated to our profession and
working flat-out seeing patients.
In the wider context, his comments
were highlighting unmanageable
workloads in general practice –
something that is also of huge concern
to the Royal College of GPs.
Today, in general practice, we will
see more than a million patients,
dealing with complex illnesses that
even a decade ago would have been
automatically referred to hospital
consultants. Colleagues who are newer
to the profession play a vital role.
We agree that GPs are generally
working longer and longer days,
which is no good for them or their
patients. But regardless of their level
of experience, no GP should be
expected to work a 14-hour day.
Burnout among GPs is becoming
increasingly common.
That’s why the College has been
campaigning for more GPs and
adequate funding across the United
Kingdom to ensure family doctors and
their patients benefit from the safest
working environments possible, both
now and in the future.
We also need to ensure that all GPs
are able to balance their working lives
with their home lives to protect their
own health and wellbeing, as well as
that of their patients.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard
Chair, Royal College of GPs
What raindrops do
SIR – Being bald (Letters, May 11)
means you are the first to know it’s
A J Laughton
Coxheath, Kent
SIR – Richard Luscombe (Letters, May
11) is fortunate to get a cheaper haircut
with his balding pate. When I asked
my barber why he was increasing the
price of my haircut as I had reducing
amounts of hair he replied: “Oh, that
includes the search fee.”
Stuart Robbins
Four Marks, Hampshire
The Israelis won sovereignty and prospered
he State of Israel is 70 tomorrow.
It declared independence on May
14 1948. On this important
birthday, people naturally look, yet
again, at the big questions about
Zionism and the Palestinians. But there
is another way to view Israel.
That declaration of independence
came eight hours before the formal end
of the British mandate over the area.
For all its unique features, Israel is a
post-colonial country. So it can be
compared with the many others of that
era – India, Pakistan and later much of
Africa – that emerged from the British
Empire. As such, Israel has been the
most successful of all – the most
rigorously democratic and, in recent
years, one of the most prosperous.
India is an astonishing democratic
achievement, but remains semichaotic. Singapore is the most efficient,
but is much less free.
Israel began as socialist – an
egalitarian, austere, kibbutz state,
working the soil communally. Unlike
most such enterprises, it stayed
robustly free, (very) multi-party and
mostly uncorrupt. In 1977, the Labour
prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, had to
resign because his wife was found to
have preserved an American bank
account containing a mere $1,000 from
his time as ambassador in Washington:
this tiny infraction was considered
greedy and unpatriotic.
Gradually, however, socialism failed
to answer the aspirations of the people.
When Benjamin Netanyahu, the
present Prime Minister, was finance
minister from 2003-05, he introduced a
series of financial and economic
liberalisations that helped to
Thatcherise the place. Today the
kibbutz country of the early days has
changed to “start-up nation” – a global
technological power, famous not only
for its defence innovation but also for
its medical research.
It is miraculous that such a famously
disputatious people, drawn from so
many parts of the world, have managed
this. Perhaps it is because they at last
gained sovereignty and know just how
appalling life can be when you lack it.
So they treasure what they have won.
Israel, as I say, is 70. Next week,
Jeremy Corbyn is 69. In roughly
the same span of years, the Labour
leader has learnt sadly little.
Mr Corbyn is seen by some as a voice
for the voiceless, but it seems to me
that his long career is a bad by-product
of the blessings of peace and prosperity
that have existed in the West
throughout his life. Like a permanent
student, he has never been tested by
truly harsh reality or had to make a
life-or-death decision. He is not a
trailblazer for the dispossessed but a
spoilt child of capitalism.
On May 25, the Republic of Ireland
will hold a referendum. The
subject is abortion, which is forbidden
by the Irish Constitution, but the vote
takes an unusual form. The question on
the ballot paper will ask: “Do you
approve of the proposal to amend the
Constitution contained in the
undermentioned Bill?” The
“undermentioned Bill” would abolish
the abortion ban. The word “abortion”
does not appear on the ballot.
The Constitution protects “the right
to life of the unborn” and says that the
state “guarantees in its laws to defend
and vindicate that right”. So, in the
name of modernity and “choice”, the
Irish people are being asked to strike
down a human right.
Ours is an age that jealously guards
human rights, so this attempt to
destroy one must be unique in the 21st
century. Imagine voting to remove
other human rights – freedom of
expression, for example, or the right to
marry or, come to that, the right to vote
The phrase “the most vulnerable in
our society” is constantly on our lips,
yet many of us do not apply it to the
most vulnerable of all human forms
– the baby in the womb.
When we look back at the rights
and freedoms that we denied to
people in the past, we often feel
superior. How could any decent
person have permitted slavery? How
could anyone have opposed votes for
women? We don’t stop to answer
those questions. The chief reason
that such things happen is that the
people in charge manage to convince
themselves that some categories
of human being are morally beneath
them – that slave races are virtually
animal, that women are inferior to
men, and so on. This doesn’t look
good later.
In the case of abortion, a just concern
for the rights of women over their
bodies has led to the unjust assertion
that the babies they carry are little
more than body parts. That won’t look
good in the eye of posterity either. I
hope Ireland does not vote to go
Ruth Wilkinson, a student leader,
says that young people “voted
overwhelmingly to remain in
the EU”. They did not. They voted
No age figures – or turnout figures
within an age group – can be certain,
but it seems probable that, among 18-24
year olds, 73 per cent of those voting
voted Remain in the EU referendum.
According to Ipsos Mori, however, only
an estimated 48 per cent of that age
group actually bothered to turn out.
The majority of 18-24 year olds who
could have voted didn’t.
Seventy-three per cent of 48 per cent
is just over 35 per cent of the whole. So
it seems that there was no Remain
youthquake. Ms Wilkinson is probably
speaking for about one third of her
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with others in tow
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Festival of age
A celebration of the
artist as an older
person Page 25
Splitting image
Alistair McGowan
and Ronni Ancona
discuss working
together as ex-lovers
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Gut instincts: while health experts insist that we eat our veggies, they don’t really specify which ones and why, with some of the more popular vegetables in the Western diet potentially doing more harm than good
Why everything
you knew about
vegetables is wrong
Veggies really are all they’re cracked up to be – but probably not
the ones you’re eating every day, reveals Dr Mark Hyman
ou’ve been told
a thousand
times to eat your
veg. But here’s a
good question:
why should you
eat your veg?
After all, plants
don’t contain all
the vitamins and minerals that you
need to be healthy. And, in some
cases, they provide surprisingly little.
Beef liver has several times more
vitamin A than any plant, including
carrots, which, though noted for that
particular nutrient, actually only
contain beta-carotene, which has to be
converted by the body into vitamin A.
Oranges might come to mind when
you think of vitamin C, but you can
also get that from offal. Seafood is the
best source of the essential omega-3
fatty acids that you need to survive
and thrive; you can’t get them from
vegetables, except purslane (a
weedlike herb with a peppery lemon
flavour) and algae.
We all know how crucial vitamin D
is for health, yet plants deliver
virtually none, except for certain
mushrooms such as porcini. The same
is true of the B vitamins, especially
B12, which comes from animal foods
like meat, eggs and wild salmon.
Vegans must supplement with vitamin
B12 to avoid becoming deficient.
Plants do contain some protein, and
some, like kale and black beans, even
have significant amounts. But plant
protein is poor quality compared with
animal protein. There’s nearly seven
times as much protein in ground beef
as in spinach, for example.
This is where my vegan and
vegetarian friends run into trouble.
Without eating meat or fish, they’re
more likely to end up with nutritional
deficiencies of iron, calcium, vitamin K,
omega-3 fats, vitamin B12 and fatsoluble vitamins such as A and D –
which is not to be ignored, particularly
given the number of vegans in the UK
has reportedly soared to 3.5 million.
However, vegetables do contain carbs,
a source of energy. In fact, the majority
of your diet should be carbs – not
bread, potatoes, sugar, beans, or grains,
but vegetables. They don’t spike blood
sugar (except the starchy ones) and
they are critical for health.
But it’s worth noting that carbs are
not a nutritional necessity. While there
are essential amino acids (protein) and
essential fats (omega-3 and omega-6),
most people don’t realise that there is
no such thing as essential carbs. We do
not need any carbs for our survival.
None the less, we need vegetables
because they contain many vitamins,
minerals and powerful diseasefighting, health-promoting
compounds called phytonutrients.
Indeed, veggies are our only source of
phytonutrients (phyto meaning
plants), a group of chemicals
essential to vibrant health that
protect us from cancer,
inflammation, infection, heart
disease, autoimmune disease and a
long list of other chronic ailments.
Though they cannot deliver
pristine health on their own, there
are very compelling reasons to make
vegetables the bulk of your diet.
Plants are our only source of fibre,
which is fertiliser for the good
bacteria that make up the internal
garden in your gut. Fibre keeps
digested food moving smoothly
through your system. It prevents
cancer and heart disease. It helps you
lose weight. And the average person
doesn’t even come close to getting
enough. Our hunter-gatherer
ancestors ate 100 to 150 grams of
fibre each day. Today? The typical
Brit eats between 17 and 20g per day,
falling far short of the British
Nutrition Foundation’s
recommendation that we consume
30g daily.
You can’t go wrong heeding the
age-old “eat your vegetables” advice.
It just doesn’t go far enough. The
idea of dinner as a big slab of
conventionally raised meat
accompanied by two side dishes –
one vegetable, usually overcooked,
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Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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How side
effects can
also be
The benefits
of shared
Linda Blair
James Le Fanu
ver the years, many
have written to tell of
the inadvertent
benefits of medicines
prescribed for one
ailment that
gratifyingly have also alleviated
some other quite unrelated
condition: the beta-blocker for
angina that abolished their
migrainous headaches, or the
cholestyramine that cured their
irritable bowel syndrome. These are
profoundly non-trivial observations
and, increasingly, a major focus of
research as drug companies seek to
re-purpose long-established
remedies looking for hidden
properties that might be turned to
therapeutic advantage.
There is no longer-established
remedy than the autumn crocus
(Colchicum autumnale), which first
features in the Ebers Papyrus from
Ancient Egypt. Since the first
century AD, physicians have been
commending it as a specific antidote
for the agonisingly painful swelling
of the big toe characteristic of gout
– that we now know to be due to the
accumulation of uric acid crystals in
the joints. Come the 19th century,
chemists finally isolated the crocus’s
active ingredient, colchicine, that
remains to this day the most reliably
fast-acting treatment, reducing the
pain and swelling within 24 hours.
Colchicine does not, as might be
supposed, prevent the accumulation
of those uric acid crystals but, rather,
modifies the inflammatory response
of the tissues of the joint to their
presence by blocking the activation
of certain types of blood cells.
The same activation, it transpires,
is implicated in a host of other
conditions, notably aphthous mouth
ulcers, the relentlessly itchy rash of
chronic urticaria and acute
pericarditis, inflammation of the
outer surface of the heart.
“Colchicine may be the oldest
therapeutic substance known to
mankind,” notes Dr Anastasia
Slobodnick in The American Journal
of Medicine, “but has proved to be
highly beneficial in these previously
frustrating (difficult to treat)
Former physicist Dr Tony
Hanwell from York has recently
reported another. Now just 80, he
has, for the past decade, suffered
‘Three months later,
he realised he no
longer needed to
take his usual
from severe osteoarthritis with
at-times incapacitating swollen
painful hands, knees and elbows.
More recently, he had the further
misfortune of an attack of gout for
which he was advised to take a low
dose of colchicine. Three months
later, he realised he was virtually
pain-free, no longer needing to take
his usual medication and could
press the palms together of his
previously stiff curved hands. He
stopped the colchicine, back came
the symptoms, restarted it and they
improved once more.
“The benefits continue to accrue,”
he writes. Meanwhile, his wife,
slightly younger but similarly
afflicted, was so impressed she
persuaded her doctor to prescribe
her it as well, with a similarly
felicitous outcome. There is clearly
a lot of mileage in this repurposing
– further instances would be
much appreciated.
Regular episode?
There could be a prosaic
explanation for the televisual “déjà
view” described by a gentleman
convinced he had already seen an
episode of Michael Portillo’s travel
series that was being shown for the
first time. “Might it not be that he is
recognising the clips shown at the
end of the previous episode,
Extra benefits: sometimes medication
used to help one thing, helps another
anticipating what to expect next
time?” asks a reader.
None the less, several others
report the same “déjà view”,
watching, variously, episodes of
Homeland, Pointless and the BBC
drama Collateral.
Some people clearly have a gift
for precognition which, for one
woman, encompasses books she is
sure she has already read and,
distressingly for her husband, “I am
positive I know what he is going to
say next.”
Hard to swallow
This week’s medical query comes
courtesy of Mrs OC from Bath,
troubled for the past two years with
the most puzzling pain in the left
ear whenever she swallows food or
even just a glass of water. She has
had all the usual tests, including
endoscopies and CAT scans. “He has
discharged me saying that while he
appreciates I have this pain, he can
find no cause for it.” Might anyone,
she wonders, be similarly afflicted?
Email medical questions confidentially
to Dr James Le Fanu at drjames
eddings are always
joyful and next
week’s royal
wedding looks to be a
particularly happy occasion.
But did you know it’s also
able to boost your
psychological health?
When we share a
common experience, it
bolsters our sense of
belonging, and makes us
feel life is more worthwhile.
Researchers at Brigham
Young University showed
those who shared positive
experiences with others felt
happier, claimed their life
was more meaningful and
reported greater life
Furthermore, when we
share a positive experience,
we enjoy it more than we
would if we experienced it
on our own – even when we
share it with people we’ve
never met. Erica Boothby
and her colleagues at Yale
did a study in which they
introduced participants to a
stranger and either invited
them both to eat a square of
chocolate, or offered one
participant the chocolate
while the other looked at a
booklet of paintings. They
were then asked to compare
the taste of the chocolate
squares. When participants
both ate, they rated the
chocolate as more flavourful
and the experience as more
enjoyable than when just
one person did – even
though the squares were
identical on both occasions.
To confer benefits, the
occasion can be watched on
screen rather than
experienced live, and it
needn’t be dramatic. The
only important factors are
that it’s a positive
experience, and that it’s an
occasion you know you’re
sharing with others. A
Harvard study divided 68
participants into 17 groups
of four: one participant in
each group was randomly
assigned to watch what they
were told was an
“interesting” video, while
the remaining three
watched a “boring” video.
Afterwards, those who
watched the “boring” video
felt better than those who
had seen the more
entertaining offering, but
who’d watched it alone.
All these findings echo an
important psychological
theory proposed much
earlier by Abraham Maslow,
the US humanist
psychologist. In his 1943
paper A Theory of Human
Motivation, he stated that
humans share certain needs,
and these can be arranged
in a hierarchy, from the
most basic “deficiency”
needs (those that make us
feel anxious until they’re
met) to the higher level
“growth” needs (those that
make us feel happy and
fulfilled). Physiological and
security needs are the two
most basic levels –
requirements such as food,
water, adequate rest, shelter
and a sense of predictability
and safety. Next – and still
considered to be necessary
for everyone – are social
needs; a sense of acceptance
and belonging, and of
feeling you are part of a
group. Only when these
basic requirements are met
is it possible to seek higher
order fulfilment such as
becoming respected by
others, and discovering and
realising your unique
potential. Sharing the royal
wedding with others across
the world, then, really will
be a unifying experience.
Linda Blair is a clinical
psychologist. To order her
book, The Key to Calm
(Hodder & Stoughton), for
£12.99, call 0844 871 1514 or
Watch her give advice at
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
‘My burnout was a gift – it saved my life’
A leading therapist
and author tells
Victoria Lambert
why extreme stress
often hits those who
expect it the least
and one potato – should be turned
around completely. You shouldn’t
just eat your veggies. You should aim
to eat them at every meal. Nonstarchy vegetables like spinach,
asparagus, broccoli and kale should
make up 50 to 75 per cent of your
plate, with a small portion of animal
protein as “condi-meat”. Think of
this as the 3-to-1 rule.
Yet while health experts have
always insisted that we eat our
veggies, they didn’t really specify
which ones and why. Potatoes, often
deemed a healthy accompaniment to
a dish, are so full of fast-acting carbs
that they’ll rapidly raise your blood
sugar and
d iinsulin.
The number two vegetable in
tress, depression, high
expectations, a faster pace
of living, relentless social
media – the need for us to
talk about burnout has
probably never been so
acute. It can feel like we’re a
nation awash with it; collapsing
under pressure.
In 2016, 11.7 million working days
were lost to work-related stress,
depression or anxiety, according to
the Health and Safety Executive. The
Government is so concerned with
burnout in education that sabbaticals
are being considered for teachers
with 10 years’ service, and a new
NHS England scheme set up to deal
with burnout and other mental
health issues has racked up calls
from nearly 1,200 GPs in its first year,
according to GPonline.
But when is burnout more than
just feeling fed up and worn down?
For Dina Glouberman, a
psychotherapist and lecturer, the
first sign was a strange sensation that
the people she was watching on
television were moving too slowly.
Then her blood pressure shot up.
One day, she left her house and felt
unable to return for hours.
The 73-year-old recalls feeling like
everything sounded too loud: “The
traffic and people were drilling into
my brain,” she explains.
“When you are burned out, it’s
that feeling you don’t have any life
energy or force,” adds Glouberman,
who has just written Into the Woods
and Out Again: A Memoir of Love,
Madness, and Transformation.
“You may feel disconnected,
cynical, angry and can fall ill often
and for too long. In my case, my
system just closed down.”
Something in the way we work is
undoubtedly making modern life
more challenging. As entrepreneur
Arianna Huffington, who suffered
her own burnout a decade ago, says:
“The current male-dominated model
of success – which equates success
Learn to let go: Dina Glouberman says many professionals claim to be trapped in stressful situations while knowing deep down that they can choose to change their lives
with burnout, sleep deprivation, and
driving yourself into the ground – isn’t
working for women, and it’s not
working for men, either.”
Glouberman’s concept of burnout
goes beyond this. Hers happened
30 years ago, but it is still vivid. She
was a high achiever who understood
mental ill health personally,
having suffered psychotic depression
at 26 – something she calls “an awful
experience yet an enlightening one”.
It began with depressive thoughts,
along with instances of paranoia –
Glouberman believed she was being
watched by the FBI, then that friends
were trying to poison her. The
flashpoint was a walk in the drenching
rain when she couldn’t tell which
century she was living in.
She was treated in Middlesex
Hospital with anti-depressants and
group therapy, but says, “What pulled
me through were the other patients
and the community we formed.”
By December 1971, Glouberman had
recovered and was discharged,
opening up an intensely creative and
energetic period of her life.
She married Greek journalist Yannis
Andricopoulos in 1974, completed a
PhD, found therapy clients and
lectured in psychology. In 1977, she
had her first child, Ari, and she and
Yannis co-founded the world-famous
Skyros Holidays in Greece, Thailand
and Cuba which specialise in holistic,
community-oriented trips.
In her new memoir, Glouberman
writes about this time with her own
brand of black humour. She recalls, for
instance, how Ari slept in a small
suitcase and, as the couple had no
pram, they had to take the case with
them for him every time they ate out.
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success – and just when Glouberman
probably ought to have allowed
herself time to recover from these
stressful years – the couple set up a
magazine called i-to-i, temporarily
producing it in their home.
Glouberman admits she said yes to a
situation which she now knows that
she should have refused.
“One day, I left the house and
realised I couldn’t go home until they
had all left. I was over-run,” she says.
Like many busy and successful
professionals, Glouberman would not
have thought herself likely to burn
out. Indeed, at that time, she had
never heard of it. Yet, highly motivated
and engaged workers are often most at
risk, according to a new University of
Cambridge study published in Career
Development International. It says
even the happiest employees could be
secretly exhausted and ready to quit.
This chimes with Glouberman: “My
professional life was all about listening
to and helping others. I hadn’t managed
to listen to myself,” she says.
It is also something she sees in others
today: “People who burn out are very
high-energy; high givers, high
achievers. Then if the situation around
them changes – such as a new boss
coming in – or they themselves change,
it can all come crashing down unless
they stop and re-evaluate rather than
driving themselves forward willy-nilly.”
At first, Glouberman says her own
burnout was so extreme she couldn’t
even make a telephone call. Recovery
meant changing her life. First came a
week at a naturopathic clinic, where
her room-mate told her she looked like
a ghost. Glouberman decided to put
her health first, drop the inner
pressure, let go of anything which gave
her headaches – even if that required
saying no – and only do what
energised her and brought her joy.
Years later, when she realised it was
burnout she had suffered, she wrote
The Joy of Burnout on its positive
The book was a bestseller and
launched Glouberman into yet
another career, this time as an expert
on the subject. She began to lecture
on burnout and was amazed at how
so many people saw themselves as
having it.
“Looking back, I think that the
burnout was a gift. It forced me to
re-evaluate my life and make
changes,” she adds. “Had it not
happened, I could have had a stroke
or crashed a car. Sometimes I think it
saved my life.”
Yet coming back from burnout is
not as simple as having a rest.
Research from the University of
Konstanz in Germany in 2010 found
that teachers who took holidays felt
better initially but had reverted to
high levels of stress within a month.
Glouberman’s advice for recovery
is surprisingly straightforward: ‘Stop.
Give up hope. Keep the faith’.
“That means: Stop. Step back and
acknowledge what is happening,”
she explains.
“Then give up hope that working
harder and doing more of the same to
achieve the goal you thought you
needed will save you. You must
either change your approach or
change your situation or even leave it
– but don’t keep on keeping on.
“The road to burnout is paved with
denial. You have to start telling
yourself the truth.
“People tell me they are trapped in
jobs or situations but, in my
experience, they always know they
can make some kind of choice. This
may be uncomfortable at first, but it
can bring you back into alignment
with yourself and your dreams.”
Glouberman’s last piece of advice
is perhaps the most heartfelt: “You
are not always going to get what you
want. You are not always going to get
everything done you feel needs
doing. You may be desperate for
everything to be perfect. Avoiding
burnout means acknowledging
reality, respecting yourself, and
finding your own path to joy.
“Keep the faith that no matter
what happens to your old beliefs
and goals, you yourself can
always be OK.”
Into the Woods and Out Again by Dina
Glouberman is published on June 1 by
Aeon Books (RRP £9.99). To order your
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
Making an
impression: Alistair
McGowan and
Ronni Ancona are
fine-tuning voices
for their new
comedy show, The
Week That Wasn’t.
Below, as Posh and
Becks in their
successful show,
The Big Impression
Their spouses don’t mind them
working together, they insist. “Alistair
is married to the most fantastic
woman, very understanding, and a
great performer herself,” says Ancona,
turning to McGowan, “and you
imitate my husband, don’t you?”
“Not really,” he says, before doing so.
The two have diversified since The
Big Impression ended – McGowan
into stage acting, playwriting and the
aforementioned piano-playing, and
Ancona into straight and comedydrama roles on stage and screen, as
well as six appearances on QI. The
latter remains pretty rare for a female
comic, but Ancona insists things have
changed. “There is still sexism that
goes on in comedy,” she says, “but
there is more representation now,
which is a great thing. When I started
out there were so few women doing
stand-up and it was very gladiatorial.”
Certain comedy formats, however,
remain notoriously laddish. “Lots
of men and women have a softer,
more surreal style, whereas the
nature of a panel show is gag, gag,
gag. That by its nature is competitive
and it becomes a vicious circle.”
When I last spoke to McGowan
back in 2010 he said impressions were
‘When I started there
were so few women
doing stand-up and it
was very gladiatorial’
‘We could have ended up
killing each other’
Impressionists and former couple Alistair
McGowan and Ronni Ancona are reuniting
for a new TV show. They talk to Nick Curtis
’m trying to conduct an
interview but Melania Trump,
Mo Farah and Jennifer
Lawrence keep interrupting.
This is because I am talking to
veteran impressionists and
former lovers Alistair McGowan and
Ronni Ancona, and old habits,
clearly, die hard. The pair have
reunited more than a decade after
their Bafta-winning The Big
Impression ended in 2004 to create
The Week That Wasn’t, a topical
comedy show in which they give
existing news footage a new spin.
The pair’s voice-overs reimagine the
young royals as an argumentative,
Oasis-style band, while Simon Cowell
and Cheryl Cole are seen planning a
live sacrifice to boost X Factor
ratings. McGowan, 53, and 49-yearold Ancona can’t resist showing off
their vocal dexterity.
“I’ve been doing a lot of Melania,”
murmurs Ancona in a kittenish echo
of the First Lady. “It’s very easy to do
her as an aggressive, East European
voice… but she has a soft, wispy one.”
She plays her opposite a younger
comedian on their roster, Matt Forde,
because “I refuse to do Trump”,
McGowan says. “Ideally, you want to
do people you like or are interested
in, and he horrifies me on every level.”
President and First Lady aside, they
remain a striking pair – she with her
dramatic Scottish-Italian-Jewish
looks, and he with the dark eyes and
solemn features inherited from his
Anglo-Indian father. It is 18 years
since the BBC One impersonation-fest
that made their names (particularly
McGowan’s, after whom the show
was originally named before being
dropped from the title to recognise
Ancona’s contributions) began, their
most notable iterations including
Posh and Becks as a sort of Dumb and
Dumber, Sven Göran Eriksson and
Nancy Dell’Olio as the Macbeths, and
Richard and Judy as a crosspatch
Richard and Feud-y. Replicating the
required couple’s chemistry was
complicated as they had split before
filming started, following a seven-year
relationship that began when
McGowan saw Ancona doing a surreal
stand-up routine at the Balham Banana
club in the early Nineties. “It was such a
male environment, the room full of
testosterone, and seeing Ronni was like
seeing a fairy at the bottom of the
garden,” he recalls.
Breaking up before working opposite
one another “was difficult, very hard”,
McGowan adds. “But a lot of people we
were doing together were couples, so
there was a frisson, an energy –
sometimes positive, sometimes quite
negative – that probably added to the
‘One of the things that
used to annoy me
about Ronni was she
took ages to get ready’
show,” says Ancona. “There is a degree
of honesty and intimacy when you split
up with someone, and it’s almost like
going back to the rawness of when you
were first going out.”
Playing a warring version of the
daytime TV favourites was, then, “easy
to write”, according to McGowan,
“because it was about two people
disagreeing and playing off each other.
We used a lot of our relationship [in the
show], sometimes romantically. We had
a very romantic ending to the Sven and
Nancy special. I cried in the edit suite.”
They won’t tell me the exact reason
for the split, only that, in McGowan’s
words, “we could potentially have
killed each other”. Ancona adds: “It
would have been self-defence, your
honour.” But in 2009 they collaborated
on a book explaining how to wean a
man off football, and McGowan said
then that he lost Ancona because of his
obsession with the game. Now he says
he was joking, though he does lean
toward compulsion and overcautiousness: he has never had a
hangover, wears his clothes until they
fall off, and has never owned a car.
“When I start something I throw
myself into it whether it’s piano or
snooker or tennis.” Indeed, he credits
Midlife guide to...
faux gras
This foie gras tastes
unusual. Have you added
something to it?
Quite the reverse, actually
– it’s more of a case of
something being taken
Like... the flavour?
Excuse you. The oncerequisite duck or goose
liver has been excised and
replaced with walnuts,
lentils and shallots to
form an unabashedly
millennial delicacy
dubbed “faux gras”.
Have they grown tired of
smashed avocado on
sourdough bread already?
Perhaps, though
reinventing the
controversial pâté, which
animal rights campaigners
have long criticised for the
force-feeding of animals in
order to fatten their livers,
may not be a bad thing.
So who’s
behind this
new faux
A Michelinstarred chef,
as it happens.
Alexis Gauthier –
who trained under
Alain Ducasse and
is chef patron of his
eponymous restaurant
in Soho – came up with
the recipe, which also
features beetroot and
Fair enough, letting chefs
go tonto in the larder is
part of the job description
(lest we forget Heston
Blumenthal’s snail
porridge). But will faux gras
really be coming to a table
near us soon?
Certainly, if social media is
anything to go by.
Since vegan
cookery duo Ian
Theasby and
Henry Firth
– better known
to their 1.6m
Facebook followers as
Bosh! – posted a video of
themselves making the
recipe, it has racked up
nearly 5m views.
Ah, but a quick glance on
social media isn’t the same
as whipping walnuts into a
frenzy in your own kitchen,
is it?
No, but the dish has the
added benefit of not being
subject to a possible
import ban when Britain
leaves the EU.
I’ll be sure to give it top
billing on my Brexit party
Charlotte Lytton
Ancona with the fact he became a
decent classical pianist during their
relationship. “One of the things that
used to annoy me about Ronni was she
took ages to get ready,” he says, “but
eventually I used to do an hour a day of
piano practice while I was waiting for
her to put the right pair of shoes on.”
He and Ancona have remained close
since their split and have only ever
referred to each other in fond terms. As
such, they seem slightly mystified by
comedians Sara Pascoe and John
Robins, currently touring competing
stand-up shows about the end of their
relationship, and the case of Louise
Reay, who is being sued by her
ex-husband for allegedly defaming him
in her act.
“There are some very old-fashioned
things I was brought up with and one of
them is not washing your dirty linen in
public,” says McGowan, “along with not
talking about money or telling people
how you vote. None of which seems to
have any credence in modern society.”
Ancona nods: “We ARE oldfashioned. We were uncool even when
we were hot. I am less of a dinosaur: I
have a teenage daughter, so I am a bit
more in the groove than you, my
darling. Though I am terrified of social
media. I said something about Scottish
independence once and I might as well
have disembowelled William Wallace
with a rusty teaspoon.”
Ancona has two daughters – Lily, 13,
and Elsa, 10 – with her doctor husband
Gerard Hall, whom she married in
2004, while McGowan married singer
and actor Charlotte Page, his co-star in
a production of The Mikado, in 2013,
and says they do not want children.
in decline: multichannel TV meant
the pool of identifiable personalities
had fragmented, and conversely, the
novelty of seeing a politician or a soap
star mocked was lessened when you
could find out what the real person
was doing on social media 24/7.
“That’s true, but it feels like
impressions have come back a bit,” he
says. New voices have come through:
he cites Judge Rinder and the newly
ubiquitous Piers Morgan. Ancona says
that after a long time when
“eccentricity was less tolerated in a
female personality on TV”, she now
has Strictly judge Shirley Ballas and
Paloma Faith to work on.
Their humour has always had an
affectionate edge, which is why they
have rarely been upbraided by their
victims. Friends of Nancy Dell’Olio
told Ancona she’d got her mannerisms
spot on: Gary Lineker learnt to
control his gymnastic eyebrows after
McGowan – literally – sent them up.
And it’s why they aren’t bothered by
the idea that many celebrities, from
Trump to Paul Hollywood, are
beyond satire. “We all bow down
before the great God Satire but it
doesn’t always make me laugh,” says
McGowan. “And we are in the
business of making people laugh.”
The Week That Wasn’t is on Sky One at
10pm on Thursday
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Charles Saatchi’s
Great masterpieces
Our columnist takes a look behind some of the world’s most significant paintings. This week, St John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci
A painting that
pointed the way
to art’s future
o much is known
about the polymath
Leonardo da Vinci
(1452-1519): he is
probably the most
studied and
dissected figure in history.
His painting techniques leave
artists still in wonderment today.
He managed to establish
imperceptible transitions between
light and shade, and his brushwork
is often so subtle it is difficult to
detect the strokes, even on close
inspection. His invention of
“sfumato”, meaning vanished or
evaporated, enabled him to blend
his colours and outlines, as he
described it, “without borders, in
the manner of smoke”.
Leonardo was entranced by the
fall and play of light on surfaces
and flesh. He wanted to perfect a
luminescence in his portraits,
applying layer upon layer of faint,
almost transparent colour, in thin
veils. It allowed his subjects to
glow in ethereal splendour.
When describing the painting
Mona Lisa, Giorgio Vasari,
chronicler of the Renaissance, said,
“As art may imitate nature, she
does not appear to be painted, but
truly of flesh and blood. On looking
closely at the pit of her throat, one
could swear that the pulses were
Of course, it is well known that
Leonardo drew upon his own
fascination with human anatomy to
achieve such realism. His interest
in capturing the sinews and
musculature of the body led him to
dismember corpses, at a time when
embalming was not practised and
bodies were hard to preserve.
His depictions of the heart,
vascular system and genitals are
some of the first precise studies
ever made of the internal organs of
the body, a breakthrough in
biology as well as an invaluable
source material for his paintings.
Between 1513 and 1516 he worked
on St John the Baptist, believed to
be his last painting. St John appears
to be pointing to heaven, smiling as
gently and serenely as Mona Lisa,
as he emerges from the darkness
behind him.
Some have suggested that St
John appears to be effeminate in
this portrayal, his hand held in a
feminine way at his chest, his hair
in gentle ringlets, and his features
faunlike and ambiguous. This was
not the John the Baptist of the
Bible, they claim, who was an
earthy, somewhat fiery man of the
desert, dressed in rags and living
on locusts and honey. Clearly,
Leonardo liked to conceive a very
personal interpretation, and must
have rather enjoyed the
inscrutable, almost mystical air his
portrait conveys.
You will not be surprised to
know that Leonardo was
something of a Golden Child. At the
age of just 15, he gained an
apprenticeship to work in the
studio of the leading Florentine
artist Verrocchio.
He learned fast. Verrocchio was
greatly concerned with the quality
of execution, insisting that each
painting must convincingly express
the human figure. From that point
on, it became clear that Leonardo’s
approach was always based on
using tradition, and improving on it,
rather than rebelling against it.
It was quickly apparent that
Leonardo’s skills were
extraordinary. During the Italian
Renaissance it was commonplace
for masters and assistants to
collaborate on commissions. But
Verrocchio found that Leonardo’s
indiscernible evolutions from hard
to soft, from pale to dark, were a
revelation, and far exceeded his
own powers. Soon, Leonardo set
up his own studio. Even while very
Heavenly: St John the Baptist was painted between 1513 and 1516
young, his reputation was such that
he was chosen by a major church
for a complete altarpiece.
In this work, Adoration of the
Magi (1481), Leonardo developed a
new approach, moving beyond the
use of traditional linear
perspective, where objects appear
smaller in proportion the further
away they are. Instead, he used
paint to make distant objects less
distinct, and more muted in
Soon afterwards, Leonardo was
summoned to take up the position
of court artist to the Duke of Milan,
where he was fascinated by the
laws of motion and propulsion.
His first Milanese painting, The
Virgin of the Rocks, allowed
Leonardo to experiment with
representing nature in dimmed
light, using the figures of the Holy
Family sheltered in a cave.
Explaining his viewpoint, Leonardo
suggested “artists should practise
drawing at dusk in courtyards with
walls painted black”.
When Leonardo returned to
Florence, he was greeted with
great acclaim. Many artists were
drawn to his breathtaking methods
and eager to become disciples.
Before long, he found himself
working for the powerful Borgia
family, as the leading military
engineer of the era. He still found
time to complete a number of the
world’s great masterpieces,
including Mona Lisa.
Leonardo’s influence on other
painters of the day cannot be
overstated. Raphael and
Michelangelo were both able to
absorb and modify his techniques
rather than merely copying his
Unfortunately, relatively few of
Leonardo’s works have survived.
However, The Last Supper, painted
during his time in Milan (14951498), is still in reasonable
condition for a fresco using
tempura and oil. Created for the
city’s monastery of Santa Maria
delle Grazie, this magnificent work
measures a commanding 15ft by
29ft. Each apostle’s distinct
emotion and expression is
revealed, with Jesus centred, and
yet isolated, as he declares; “One of
you shall betray me.” No other
artist has captured this most
significant of moments with such
touching clarity.
The electrifying effect he would
have upon all art that followed still
resonates today, just as it did in the
15th century.
© Charles Saatchi
The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
‘Hot new things don’t have all the answers’
to be over because they can go and live
in a really funky hotel in India. But I’m
not that interested in watching that
– it’s escapist nonsense.”
What she finds even more
patronising is the way arts
organisations value younger audiences
over older ones. “You hear people
saying they always want to get young
people into theatres which is right of
course, but it’s as though older
audiences who go have no worth. As if
people in their 50s are not sexual or
cultured beings,” she says. “But
Jonathan Church told me when he was
running Chichester [Festival Theatre]
that it was the older audiences who got
the humour, the subtlety of the piece.
And why wouldn’t they? These are
people so steeped in theatre, who love
it so much, they have dragged
themselves to be there even if
physically it might be a bit difficult.”
While everything at B(old) has been
created by pensioners, you wouldn’t
always know it from the events
themselves, which include Liz Aggiss
exploding sexual taboos in a
A festival, starting
today, features artists
who are 65 and over.
Claire Allfree reports
on a rare celebration
of wisdom and
Rhodes asked her students
to look closely at the
patterns on a leaf. Instead
they all Instagrammed it
hree months ago, Mark
Baldwin stepped down
after 16 years as Rambert
dance company’s artistic
director to embark on a
freelance career. “And
almost the first thing someone said to
me was: ‘Oh I’m glad you’re stepping
down now while you’ve still got time
to do your own thing’,” says Baldwin,
who is 65. “I get patronising comments
like that quite a bit.”
This week Baldwin choreographs a
new piece, G(Rave) for older dancers,
as part of a new festival at the
Southbank, which aims to celebrate
internationally recognised artists who
are 65 and over.
Alongside Baldwin, the line-up
includes the singer Cleo Laine (90
years old), the writer Judith Kerr (94),
the pianist Alfred Brendel (87), the
theatre director Nancy Meckler (77)
and the fashion designer Zandra
Rhodes (also 77).
It’s a rare moment of recognition for
our older artists in a culture that’s
predominantly geared to
acknowledging the achievements of
the young. “I used to receive awards
for emerging artists,” says Baldwin.
“Now I give them out. But the thing is,
I still feel like an emerging artist.
Dance is about lifelong learning.”
Called B(old), the festival aims to
recognise precisely this fact: that
artists tend to consider themselves
artists for life. Meckler, who co-ran the
physical theatre company Shared
Experience for 22 years and recently
directed a production of King Lear at
Shakespeare’s Globe, believes that an
artist’s accumulated knowledge
enriches their work.
“I was asked to direct Lear when I
was in my 30s and I turned it down
because I thought I was too young.
Shakespeare is so challenging that age
and experience really help you have a
breadth of understanding about what
some of the plays are about.”
The benefit of experience is
something Baldwin and Rhodes also
hold dear. None of them, or Meckler, is
anti-youth but there is a thread
running through the trio’s
conversation that suggests they
sometimes feel their expertise is
ignored. Compounding their
frustration is the yawning cultural gap
between the generations. Rhodes,
whose contribution to B(old) is a series
of flags that will be displayed on the
roof of the Royal Festival Hall, recalls
Artists for life: Nancy Meckler, Mark
Baldwin and Zandra Rhodes, above, and
Judith Kerr, left, will all make an
appearance at the B(old) festival
showing her students the pattern on a
leaf or a flower as a design inspiration,
and being amazed that rather than
look closely at it, they started
Instagramming it.
“They didn’t know how to look at it
properly,” she says. “They all design on
computer and to me it looks like a
hack. None of them knew how to
repeat a pattern. None of them had
heard of William Morris.”
“I sometimes roll my eyes when I go
to see a show hailed as revolutionising
theatre, and it’s something I’ve seen
many times before,” adds Meckler,
who’ll be directing a monologue by
Juliet Ace at B(old). “When you’ve seen
companies such as the [experimental
American company] Living Theatre,
which had people pouring on to the
street, tearing their clothes off and
jumping into each other’s arms during
a performance of Frankenstein [in the
Sixties], it’s a bit hard to get excited by
the fact that in Network [the National’s
recent feted production] some
audiences were sitting eating dinner
on the stage.”
Do Baldwin, Meckler and Rhodes
think our tendency to lionise young
artists has a detrimental impact on the
arts itself? “Our education system
demands that young people work out
what they want to do immediately,”
says Baldwin. “But some people come
to dance later, or discover they have a
talent for art or photography at a
different point in their life. Eve Arnold
became a photographer in her 40s.
When I was at art school, I was told
you might stumble across something
when you were 23 but it would take
you until your late 40s to work out
what that was and how to develop it.”
“Everyone is always looking for the
new hot voice,” adds Meckler. “So
when artistic directors are
programming theatres, they ask,
‘What hot new voice can I find?’ But it
can be a terrible problem because
these hot new writers then get
snapped up by TV and because they’ve
had no time to grow as writers they
can’t come up with the goods.
“At the Royal Court, Vicky
Featherstone has started asking TV
companies to leave her writers alone
for a bit so they have time to develop.”
How do Meckler, Baldwin and
Rhodes think the entertainment
industry tackles the subject of age
generally: do they feel patronised by
films that cynically chase the grey
pound or frustrated that the complex
reality of older people’s lives is not
depicted enough?
“Actually, what I find patronising is
the idea that I would want to watch a
TV programme about old people at
all,” says Meckler. “If you are in your
70s you want to see something that’s
challenging and stimulating, funny
and sexy. You don’t want to see
characters who are wondering how to
prepare for retirement. I suppose [the
film industry] tried with The Best
Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is all
about people thinking life doesn’t have
Never a nul moment in Eurovision
Ballads, quirky songs and a
stage invasion – all the
classic ingredients were
there, writes Chris Lochery
or once, it looked as though it was
going to be a rather politically calm
Eurovision Song Contest. There
had been a ripple of controversy after
the first semi-final on Tuesday, when a
Chinese broadcaster took objection to
Ireland’s same-sex dancers and refused
to air it, but everything seemed to have
been settled by curtain-up in Lisbon’s
Altice Arena on Saturday.
Then the UK took to the stage.
SuRie was well into the show’s ninth
song, Storm, when an invader rushed
the stage and snatched the mic from
her hand. The man, a serial stagecrasher who goes by the name Dr
Activist, shouted what sounded like
“For the Nazis of the UK media, we
demand freedom,” into the mic before
he was grabbed by security.
Remarkably, SuRie managed to pick
the song back up and finish it (high
notes and all) to a rapturous ovation.
And very few votes.
The commotion didn’t throw the
contest off its stride for long, however.
After a bit of impromptu host-andcrowd patter – which is almost
uniformly awkward and
uncomfortable to watch, even when
things are running smoothly –
proceedings were quickly back to
The competition was filled with the
usual fare we’ve come to expect from
these cross-continental events – a base
of standard dance-pop songs and a
smattering of dreamy/dreary ballads
seasoned with a couple of truly
standout stage-shows.
Eurovision’s 2018 final kicked off
with a blast of fire as Ukrainian
goth-vampire Melovin emerged from
his piano crypt, whipping up the
crowd with Under the Ladder, a
high-octane singalong.
Host nation Portugal suffered the
infamous winners’ curse, entering a
rather forgettable bit of balladry that
sank to the bottom of the scoreboard (a
similar fate to that of Austria in 2014,
and Ukraine in 2017). Moldova
Chicken song: Netta’s quirky oral effects and dance moves enraptured the viewer-voters
snatched the crown for the night’s
most ambitious staging, acting out an
entire end-of-the-pier farce in their
three minutes, complete with body
doubles, costume changes and a bit of
Paul Daniels magic thrown in for good
The juries fell hard for Austria’s
impressive vocals, as Cesar blasted out
his Sam Smith-sounding entry Nobody
But You; as well as Benjamin Ingrosso’s
Bieber-lite pop jam, Dance You Off,
which was exactly the sort of
masterclass in pop production for
which Sweden is known.
As is often the case, the music
industry’s favourites sat at odds with
audiences at home.
Millions of viewers across Europe
and beyond (hello, Australia…) voted
in their droves for Italy’s plucky little
banjo song, Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente,
about the recent spate of terror attacks
in Europe – which ended up fifth.
Cyprus’s Beyoncé-esque dance
number Fuego took the silver medal –
but the evening’s runaway winner
with 529 points was Israel’s Netta.
Dressed like a butterfly in a black
and pink kimono-style dress, against a
back wall of Japanese maneki-neko
“beckoning cat” ornaments, her song
Toy was nothing if not arresting.
Starting out with the looped sound of
her making noises as if she had just
sniffed pepper, Netta sang a quick
chorus about her Barbies and Pikachus
before breaking into a very peculiar
chicken clucking bridge and then an
arena-filling chorus.
Netta had been the bookmakers’
favourite for months, but in a field of
46 songs there was always room for a
last minute crisis of confidence.
Israel’s fears can’t have been allayed
by the latest scoring system, where the
hosts read out the juries’ scores first.
Austria and Sweden looked all but
unshakable, so it wasn’t until we got
the results from the viewers at home
that Israel barrelled to victory.
Triumphant, Netta took the
hallowed trophy and thanked Europe
for embracing diversity and taking a
chance on someone like her.
Sadly, the stage invasion didn’t
engender a sympathy vote for the UK,
but we did avoid the dreaded “nul
points”. SuRie’s song came 24th, ahead
of Finland and Portugal.
As the winning nation, Israel is now
invited to host the 2019 contest.
Although probably not authorised,
Netta suggested in her victory speech
that Jerusalem should be the host city.
That remains to be seen – but it
doesn’t look like the show’s politics are
going to dampen down any time soon.
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provocative one-woman show, a
performance by drag queen Lavinia
Co-op and a talk by the Arab feminist
writer Nawal El Saadawi.
Meckler, Baldwin and Rhodes all
agree that the younger generation
have it much tougher than they did
when they were starting out, simply
because the arts is a much more
crowded field. “It’s so much harder to
stand out as a choreographer now:
there are so many more people doing
it,” says Baldwin. They also think it
was much easier for their generation
to make their mark because there was
so much more to fight against.
“I was part of a very antiestablishment theatre crowd in the
Sixties: we refused to stage plays in
theatres for example,” says Meckler.
“Now the fringe has become
mainstream. It’s very hard to be radical
in England today: nearly everyone is
immediately taken up by the
“Well, everyone apart from old
people!” says Baldwin. “We’re the only
ones on the outside.”
B(old) is at the Southbank Centre from
today until May 20. Tickets: 020 3879
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Court & Social
May 12th
The Baroness Stedman-Scott
(Baroness in Waiting) was present
at Heathrow Airport, London, this
afternoon upon the Arrival of The
President of the Republic of
Panama and welcomed His
Excellency on behalf of The Queen.
May 12th
The Countess of Wessex,
Colonel-in-Chief, South Alberta
Light Horse, this morning
attended a Meeting with Officers
from the Regiment.
May 12th
The Princess Royal, President,
this evening attended a Dinner at
Combermere Barracks, St.
Leonards Road, Windsor,
Berkshire, to mark the Fiftieth
Anniversary of the Blues and
Royals Association.
May 13th
Mr. John Harwood (Vice
Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire)
was present at Royal Air Force
Brize Norton this afternoon upon
the Arrival of The President of the
Republic of Turkey and Mrs.
Erdogan and welcomed His
Excellency and Mrs. Erdogan on
behalf of The Queen.
May 13th
The Duke of York, with The
President of the Republic of
Turkey, this afternoon attended a
Luncheon to close the British
Week in Westminster
Mr W.A.J.G. Carew and
Miss S.F. Wiltshire
The marriage took place on May 6,
at Cabanas Beach, Burgau,
Portugal, between William Carew
and Sarah Wiltshire.
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The Gordon Highlanders
Members of The Gordon
Highlanders' Dinner Club and
their guests held a luncheon
yesterday at Leander Club,
Henley-on-Thames. Col Jack
Stenhouse presided.
The Sirmoor Club
Brig Ian Rigden presided at the
annual reunion luncheon of the
Sirmoor Club held at the Travellers
Club on Saturday for former
officers of the 2nd King Edward
VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The
Sirmoor Rifles). Brig John
Anderson, President, 6th QEO
Gurkha Rifles Association, Lieut
Oliver Goldfinger, 2 RGR,
recipient of the Tuker Award 2017,
Col W. Shuttlewood, Chairman,
Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, Lt
Gen Sir Peter Duffell and Sir John
Nott were among others present.
The Royal Monmouthshire Royal
Engineers (Militia) Dining Club
Serving and former officers of The
Royal Monmouthshire Royal
Engineers (Militia) Dining Club
and their guests held their annual
luncheon on Saturday at The
Castle, Monmouth. Maj Gen Dickie
Davis presided and Lt Col Scott
Spencer, the Commanding Officer,
and Major Keith Down, Chairman,
also spoke. Major Ken Grant, a
Normandy veteran, was among
others present.
The Combined Irish
Regiments Association
The Combined Irish Regiments
Association and the North Irish
Horse (London) Old Comrades
Association held their annual
dinner at the Civil Service Club on
Saturday. Col D.H.S.L. MaitlandTitterton, Chairman, presided.
No 16 Squadron RFC and RAF
Air Chief Marshal Sir David
Cousins presided at a dinner held
by No 16 Squadron RFC and RAF
Association on Saturday at the RAF
Club to mark the 103rd year since
No 16 Squadron was formed at St
Omer. Air Chief Marshal Sir David
Cousins presided and Flt Lt
Edward Berwick also spoke.
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Brighton; Mrs K. Beaumont,
Wellington, Somerset; Joan Sach,
Chatham, Kent.
Dr K. G. Brown, Washington,
Tyne & Wear; David Marin,
Halifax, West Yorkshire; Rob
Smith, Coldstream,
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Abbeymead, Gloucester; Philip
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Hooper, Luton, Bedfordshire;
Sarah Williams, Barry, Vale of
Monday, May 14
Commons: Oral questions:
Education (including Topical
Questions). Legislation: Haulage
Permits and Trailer Registration
Bill (Lords), 2nd reading.
Adjournment: Enforcement
action by the Environment
Agency in Washington and
Sunderland West.
Westminster Hall: Debate: That
this House has considered
e-petition 206722 relating to the
Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Lords: Oral questions: Steps to
ensure labelling and packaging
of animal-derived products does
not mislead consumers;
Importance of tourism to the
economy of the United Kingdom;
Extent to which £200
contribution to those claiming
disabled student allowances has
affected the reduction in
claimant numbers; Plans to assist
England’s historic cathedrals.
Legislation: Data Protection
Bill (HL), Consideration of
Commons Amendments. Short
debate: Investing in nursing
Tuesday, May 15
Commons: Oral questions:
Foreign and Commonwealth
Office (including Topical
Questions). Ten Minute Rule
Motion: Representation of the
People (Gibraltar). Adjournment:
Contribution of Arsene Wenger
to the profile and performance of
English football.
Westminster Hall: Debates on:
Raising standards of infection
prevention and control in the
NHS, nominated by the
Backbench Business Committee;
Administration of justice in
respect of Daniel Cresswell;
Public legal education;
Diagnosis and treatment of
ADHD; Historic allegations
against veterans.
Lords: Oral questions: Prospects
for a negotiated end to the civil
war in Syria that does not involve
President Assad; Protecting the
rights of wheelchair users to
travel on buses; How much
Overseas Development
Assistance was spent on fossil
fuel subsidies? Legislation:
Smart Meters Bill, Report; Civil
Liability Bill (HL), Committee
stage (Day 2).
Wednesday, May 16
Commons: Oral questions:
Chancellor of the Duchy of
Lancaster and Minister for the
Cabinet Office. At noon,
questions to the Prime Minister.
Ten Minute Rule Motion:
Banking (Cash Machine Charges
and Financial Inclusion).
Adjournment: Funding fire safety
cladding at Heysmoor Heights in
Westminster Hall: Debates on:
70th anniversary of the NHS and
public health; Access to
reproductive rights around the
world; Housing and access to
legal aid; UK’s role in ending
violence and harassment at work
worldwide; Mandatory
fortification of flour with folic
acid to prevent spina bifida and
Lords: Oral questions: Assisting
financially with the historic back
pay liability of providers of
commissioned care for people
with learning difficulties;
Introducing a national autism
and education strategy;
Improving the assessment of
immigration applications by UK
Visas and Immigration.
Legislation: European Union
(Withdrawal) Bill, Third reading.
Short debate: Strategies the
Government have considered
to alleviate the workload
demands faced by social
Turkish Tatlidil Forum at the De
Vere Wokefield Estate, Goodboys
Lane, Mortimer Common,
Reading, Berkshire.
May 13th
The Princess Royal, Colonel, The
Blues and Royals (Royal Horse
Guards and 1st Dragoons), this
morning attended the Combined
Cavalry Old Comrades
Association’s Memorial Parade
and Service of Remembrance in
Hyde Park, London, and
was received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of Greater
London (Sir Kenneth Olisa).
For more details about the Royal
Family visit the Royal website at
Today’s birthdays
Canon John Oates, Rector of St
Bride’s, Fleet Street, 1984-2000,
is 88; Dame Siân Phillips,
actress, 84; Mr David Hubbard,
former company chairman, 82;
Sir Chay Blyth, round-theworld yachtsman, 78; Sir George
Mathewson, Chairman, Royal
Bank of Scotland Group,
2001-06, 78; Miss Francesca
Annis, actress, 73; Baroness
Hogg, Chairman, Financial
Reporting Council, 2010-14, 72;
Mr Timothy Stevenson,
Lord-Lieutenant for
Oxfordshire, 70; Sir David
Brown, Chairman, BSI, 68;
Sir Michael Fallon, MP, 66;
Ms Hazel Blears, former
Labour Cabinet Minister, 62;
Mr David Pugh, theatre
producer, 59; Mr Ian
Blackford, MP, 57; Miss Cate
Blanchett, actress, 49; and Mr
Fraser Nelson, Editor, The
Spectator, 45.
Today is the anniversary of the
proclamation of the State of Israel
in 1948.
So far as the next General Election is concerned, the fate of Proportional Representation is finally sealed. The House of Commons
yesterday rejected the scheme of the recent Royal Commission.
That is the end of the matter for the present Parliament. After a
comparatively short debate, the House voted on a motion of rejection moved by Mr. Burdett Coutts, with the following result:
For the rejection
Majority against “P.R.”
Neither the House nor the discussion – with the exception of two
notable speeches – was worthy of the occasion. And the result was
just as little creditable to Parliament. For, apparently, “the rigidly
impartial scheme” of the Commissioners, as Mr. Fisher described
it, had not made a single convert among the of opponents of “P.R.”
It was once said of Gilbert Wakefield that he hated Greek accents
as much as he hated the Athanasian Creed. Mr. Austin Chamberlain, who is the leading anti-Proportional Representationist, hates
“P.R.” as much as he used to hate Cobdenism. There was no pretence of open-mindedness about him and his followers yesterday.
They were out to slay, and they slew. The scheme of the Commissioners did not, indeed, touch the sacred cities of Birmingham or
Westminster. But that made no difference. As Sir Mark Sykes truly
observed, Mr. Chamberlain did not mean to leave “P.R.” the ghost
of a chance. Because the City Councils of Glasgow and Portsmouth
had passed resolutions against it, it was monstrous to force an
experiment upon them. But the vote of City Councils, which were
favourable to the experiment, was dismissed as the vote of cranks.
“No man on earth,” said Mr. Chamberlain, would understand how the
results of a “P.R.” election had been obtained. Then, thinking that that
was perhaps rather a strong assertion, he corrected himself to “Not
one man in ten.” He preferred the Alternative Vote. But most of all he
preferred his Birmingham caucus, his well-oiled, smooth-running,
result-producing Birmingham caucus! There was doubtless great joy
among all the Caucuses last night, and among Party Agents of all colours. And Liverpool may well rejoice above most cities, for, according
to Mr. Pennefather, if “P.R.” had been carried, Orangemen and Papists
would have been at one another’s throats in a twinkling!
Mr. Asquith spoke in favour of the scheme, but he only pretended a lukewarm personal interest, and as he put it no higher
than that “the time had come when the House might permit
the experiment” – elsewhere than in East Fife – his interposition was not of great value. There was an admirable speech
from Sir Mark Sykes, in which, with consummate skill and
with an exquisite lightness of touch, he probed and explored
the real reasons for the fanatical opposition which has been
brought up against this just and reasonable experiment.
Sir Mark spoke of the party agent’s dislike of complexity, and of anything which encourages a voter to think for himself. He spoke of the
Party Whips and their objections to the presence of cranks in the
House, “wealthy men who don’t want knighthoods, and aged men
who don’t aspire to be Under-Secretaries.” He spoke of the outside
political machine and that wonderful Birmingham Caucus, where
never a wheel gets clogged. He boldly compared it – with Mr. Chamberlain sitting sombrely below him with folded arms – to Stuart
royalty and Venetian oligarchy, both very interesting and picturesque, but each had been better had it never been. The strokes of
this irony fell so lightly and agreeably that the House was delighted,
and it laughed consumedly when Sir Mark said that he did not want
to see the Conservative noblesse of England vainly spending their
time in the Carlton Club writing epitaphs on the club windows,
because there was no place for them in Parliament. Here lay the
whole pith and marrow of the speech, Sir Mark believes that the new
democracy and the new régime, after the war, will be utterly different from the old, and he, as he said, was not sorry to have it so. He
desires that Conservatism shall have its place and exercise its due
influence! Hence his support of “P.R.” But the big majority of those
whom he was addressing yesterday believe that things will go on
pretty much as before with Tadpole and Taper in full strut as usual,
but sharing ‘the boodle with some third party, and possibly even
with a fourth – in petticoats’. Sir Mark set the House laughing lightheartedly. But his speech was a scathing satire.
BROWNING.—Roger Browning, died
peacefully at home in his sleep on 7th
May, aged 96. Much loved husband of
Rosemary, father of Elizabeth and
Richard, grandfather of Dimitris, Nat,
Archie and Meg, father in law of Michael
and Lucy. Funeral Service at St Barnabas
Church, Great Tey at 3 p.m. on Tuesday
22nd May. Family flowers only,
donations to the Royal British Legion or
Marie Curie may be made online at or sent to
Hunnaball of Colchester, York House,
41 Mersea Road, Colchester CO2 7QT.
Online ref: 553610
BUNTING.—Andrew Steven, Newcastle
upon Tyne, peacefully at home on 6th
May, aged 37 years. Beloved husband of
Sophie, dearly loved son of Howard and
Mary, loved brother of Elizabeth and
uncle to Thomas and Henry. He will be
greatly missed by all his family and
friends. A Service will be held at
Newcastle West Road Crematorium on
Friday 25th May at 12 noon. Family
flowers only please. Donations may be
made to The Brain Tumour Charity or
St Oswald's Hospice, if desired.
Online ref: 553545
CORNOCK.—Major General Archibald
Rae, CB, OBE, late Indian Army and
RAOC, died peacefully in his sleep at
home on Friday 27th April 2018, a few
days before his 98th birthday. A dour
Scot, linguist and one time Army sprint
champion, much loved father,
grandfather and friend. He will be
greatly missed.
Online ref: 553553
COVERDALE.—John, of Bevere,
Worcester, died peacefully on 8th May
2018. Adored husband of Nicky,
wonderful father of Anna, Sarah, Peter
and Philip, and much loved by his ten
grandchildren. A Requiem Mass will be
held at St George's Catholic Church,
Worcester on Friday 8th June at 12 noon.
Colourful clothes preferred. Donations
to Save The Children may be left on the
collection plate in the church. Enquiries
to E.J. Gummery. Tel: 01905 22094.
Online ref: A224219
DURWARD.—James Gordon, of
Mobberley, aged 82, died peacefully on
7th May 2018. Dearly beloved husband of
Jill, father of Clare and Julia, and
grandfather of three. All enquiries to
Dodgson’s Funeral Service, Knutsford.
Tel: 01565 634251.
Online ref: 553603
KEEN.—Sheila Mary, former England
selector and Honorary Life Member of
The Women's Cricket Association for
services to women's cricket, died on
27th April 2018, aged 79 years. Service of
Thanksgiving at St Mark's Reigate on
23rd May at 11.30 a.m. followed by a
reception. Family flowers only but
donations, if desired, to PDSA. All
enquiries to Morrisons Solicitors.
Tel: 01737 854500, ref:MAP.
Online ref: A224220
MAIR.—Martha (formerly of Fitzhead,
Somerset) on 5th May 2018, aged 93,
died peacefully after a short
illness. Much loved widow of Duncan,
mother of Sophia, Louisa, Celia,
Catherine and David and grandmother
of Susanna, Miranda, Joseph, Oliver,
Benedict, Piers, Steven, Anna, Maryann,
Charles, William, Alisha, Martha,
Catriona and Elspeth. Funeral at 11 a.m.
Tuesday 22nd May St Richards Catholic
Church, Church St, Wiveliscombe,
Taunton TA4 2LT. Family Flowers only
but Donations to St Margaret’s Hospice
and Action Aid c/o St Margaret’s Hospice
Funerals, 11 Bridge Street, Taunton TA1
1TG Tel: 01823 322072.
Online ref: 553620
MAXWELL SCOTT.—Susan Mary died
peacefully on 4th May 2018, aged 86, at
Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford. Much loved
sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend to
many. Funeral at St Andrew's Catholic
Church, Tenterden, on Wednesday 23rd
May at 12 noon.
Online ref: A224233
WADE.—Elizabeth Ann Wade (née
Hadden), died peacefully in Kingstonupon-Thames on 28th April 2018, aged
85. Much loved mother to Roland and
Alexander, and adored grandmother to
Thomas, Charles and Jonti. The Funeral
Service will be held at Kingston
Crematorium, Bonner Hill Road,
Kingston, Surrey, KT1 3EZ on
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 11.40 a.m.
followed by lunch. No flowers but
donations appreciated to Cancer
Research UK. Enquiries to Lodge
Brothers funeral directors.
Tel: 020 8546 3504.
Online ref: A224218
WOODALL.—Antony, a Service of
Thanksgiving will be held at St
Michael’s, Cornhill, London EC3V 9DS,
at 11.30 a.m. on Friday 22nd June 2018.
Online ref: A224216
YE HAVE heard how I said unto you, I
go away, and come again unto you. If ye
loved me, ye would rejoice, because I
said, I go unto the Father: for my Father
is greater than I. And now I have told
you before it come to pass, that, when it
is come to pass, ye might believe.
John 14.28-29
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Books. Please phone 0208 693 7647.
Have a wonderful day. Love Phil xx
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The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 May 2018
Baroness Jowell
Scott Hutchison
Troubled lead singer of the
Culture Secretary who helped to secure the 2012 Olympics for Britain and make the Games a success Indie band Frightened Rabbit
died aged 70, was the Labour
Culture Secretary who
persuaded colleagues to
support a London bid for the
2012 Olympics, oversaw
preparations for the Games, then helped
deliver a “happy and glorious” Olympics as
a member of the organising committee.
Until Tessa Jowell took up the Olympic
torch, she seemed set to be remembered as a
conscientious frontbencher with feminist
leanings and a background in social work.
Yet the high profile she gained working with
Lord Coe, Tony Blair and others to secure
the Games had its downside.
Her second husband, David Mills, was a
solicitor with controversial clients – notably
Silvio Berlusconi – and the effect on her
reputation of allegations against him led
them to separate in 2006. Later it emerged
that around this time their phones had been
illegally hacked by the News of the World.
She was born Tessa Jane Helen Douglas
Palmer in London on September 17 1947, the
daughter of Kenneth Palmer, a chest
consultant, and his wife Rosemary, a
radiotherapist. From St Margaret’s School,
Aberdeen she read Psychology and
Sociology at Aberdeen University, then took
a diploma in Social Administration at
Edinburgh University.
She started work as a child care officer in
Lambeth in 1969, and after further training
at Goldsmiths’ College became a psychiatric
social worker at the Maudsley Hospital. Next
she was assistant director of Mind. In 1986
she became director of Community Care
Birmingham’s special action project, and a
visiting fellow at the Policy Studies Institute
and later the King’s Fund. From 1990 to 1992
she ran the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s
community care programme.
She married the sociologist Roger Jowell
in 1970, and next year was elected to Camden
council. For her last two years on the
council, 1984-86, she chaired the Association
of Metropolitan Authorities’ social services
Tessa Jowell fought her first seat, Ilford
North, a Labour marginal, in 1978. The
sitting MP had died and James Callaghan’s
government was not popular. The
intervention of the constituency’s former
Conservative MP as an independent raised
Labour’s hopes, but days after Tessa Jowell’s
selection the tabloids revealed that she was
living with Mills, who had left his wife.
The local party stood by her, its chairman
declaring: “We are electing an MP, not the
Archbishop of Canterbury”, but the
Conservative Vivian Bendall won the
by-election by 5,497 votes. In 1979 she lost
even more heavily.
For the 1992 election she was selected for
Dulwich, where the Conservative Gerald
Bowden had a majority of just 180. She took
the seat by 2,056 votes and – after boundary
changes – held it comfortably until 2015.
She arrived at Westminster pigeonholed
as a feminist, not least because of her
long-standing friendship with Harriet
Harman. (She was one of the few colleagues
to back Ms Harman during the furore over
her sending her son to a grammar school).
After Blair’s election as leader in 1994,
Tessa Jowell was appointed a whip. Next
year, having promoted a Bill guaranteeing
the mentally ill “decent housing, income, a
chance to work and access to specialist
support”, she was made a health
spokesperson, campaigning against the
closure of St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the
rundown of Guy’s.
When New Labour swept to power in May
1997, she became Minister of State for Public
Health. She pressed for the legal smoking
age to be raised to 18 and for action against
obesity, commenting: “I walked 400 yards
from one part of Birmingham to another, and
the male life expectancy fell seven years.”
From 1998, when she became a privy
councillor, she was also Minister for Women,
Tessa Jowell standing in front of the Olympic Park in Stratford in 2009: she remained on the Olympics organising committee under the Coalition
keeping the portfolio when in 1999 she
became Minister of State for Employment.
In 2001 she replaced Chris Smith as
Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport. She
declared: “I have never met or spoken to
Rupert Murdoch”, and questioned Labour’s
acceptance of £100,000 from Richard
Desmond, publisher of the Daily Express.
When Blair – for whom she once said she
would “jump under a bus” – sent troops into
Iraq, Tessa Jowell voiced concern that it
would alienate women by reinforcing
Labour’s “macho” image. She was at the eye
of the storm over media coverage of the
intervention, and the furore over Number
10’s alleged “sexing-up” of the intelligence
dossier on which it was based.
In 2003 she rejected a call from a select
committee for laws to curb “unwarranted”
press intrusion. After the revelations of
phone-hacking surfaced years later, she took
a far tougher line.
At the time, television caused her more
concerns. She called for a “viewers’ revolt”
over the number of reality shows. She
blocked the BBC’s original plans for its
digital youth channel BBC3 because they
differed little from commercial offerings,
and imposed extra conditions on BBC News
24 after it incurred the same criticisms.
Tessa Jowell was responsible for several
landmark items of legislation, starting with
the Communications Act of 2003 which
established the media regulator Ofcom. Two
years later came a Licensing Act which lifted
most restrictions on pub opening hours but
established Alcohol Disorder Zones. And in
2007 she introduced a new governance
system for the BBC, the BBC Trust replacing
the established board of governors.
Another major measure, the Gambling
Act, embroiled her in a long-running
controversy over “super-casinos”. First
proposed in 2004, ministers saw them as a
means of regenerating a run-down inner city
or resort, a view contested by the churches
and the Daily Mail. An exasperated Tessa
Jowell said she had gone in weeks from “the
nation’s nanny” to “gangster’s moll”.
The decision on where to site the first
super-casino was shunted off to an
independent commission which, despite the
claims of Blackpool, opted for east
Manchester. The plan was finally killed, to
the relief of most, by Gordon Brown.
Tessa Jowell could claim that the London
Olympics were her idea. After the failure of
an earlier application by Manchester there
was little head of steam for a London bid
when she floated the idea in 2002. But she
convinced her own officials, and then the
Cabinet, that London had a chance
“provided there are clear regenerative
She launched the bid in 2004, and the
next year London pipped Paris in the
International Olympic Commission’s crucial
vote. She was appointed Olympics Minister
in 2006, retaining the brief when demoted
by the incoming Brown to Paymaster
General and Minister for London in 2007,
and when she moved to the Cabinet Office
(regaining a seat in Cabinet) in 2009.
She came under heavy political pressure
early on as the cost to the taxpayer of staging
the Olympics soared from the £2.47 million
quoted in the bid documents to £9.3 billion.
But by the time Brown’s government was
defeated in 2010, staging the Games enjoyed
broad public support.
When the Coalition came to power, Tessa
Jowell became Shadow Olympics Minister,
remaining on the organising committee.
Prior to the Games, she was made Deputy
Mayor of the Olympic Village. In September
2012, two days after the close of the
Paralympics, she returned to the back
benches with a DBE.
She served as MP for Dulwich until the
2015 election, standing down with a life
peerage in a bid to succeed Boris Johnson as
mayor of London. Despite being the early
front-runner, she was defeated for the
Labour nomination by Sadiq Khan.
It was in November 1997 that her
husband’s connections began causing
embarrassment. Lord Nolan called for an
inquiry into the finances of ministers’ family
members after Mills’s links with Formula 1
were disclosed when news broke of Bernie
Ecclestone’s £1 million donation to Labour
and F1’s exemption from the ban on tobacco
The year before, the Serious Fraud Office
had raided the London premises of a
company Mills was involved with as part of
an Italian investigation into Silvio
Berlusconi’s offshore activities.
Tessa Jowell was investigated by the
Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell over the
allegations surrounding her husband
because of a potential conflict of interest. He
decided that “it is the Prime Minister, not
me, who, constitutionally, is the right and
proper person to take a view on matters
arising based on the Ministerial Code”, and
Blair absolved her of any wrongdoing.
The stories refused to go away, and in
March 2006 it was announced that Mills and
his wife, who had homes in London and near
Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, had
separated. They did not divorce, hoping they
could “restore their relationship over time”;
in 2012 Tessa Jowell said they had “reached a
state of stability which I never thought
In 2009 an Italian court sentenced Mills to
four and a half years’ imprisonment for
accepting a bribe from Berlusconi to commit
perjury in corruption trials in 1997 and 1998.
Italy’s Appeal Court upheld his conviction
and sentence, but in February 2010 the
Cassation Court quashed the conviction
because the statute of limitations had
expired – the “bribe” having been paid a year
earlier than the prosecution had alleged.
Mills was ordered to pay €250,000
compensation to the Italian prime minister’s
office for “damaging its reputation”. His wife
declared: “Although we are separated, I have
never doubted his innocence”.
After Labour’s defeat in 2010 Tessa Jowell
supported David Miliband’s campaign for
the Labour leadership, then remained in Ed
Miliband’s shadow cabinet. Out of
Parliament, she lectured at Harvard
University’s department of health policy and
From her time as Culture Secretary, she
worked closely with survivors of the July
2005 bombings – which took place the day
after London won the right to stage the
On her 70th birthday in September last
year, Tessa Jowell’s family announced that
she was suffering from brain cancer. In
January this year, looking frail and her voice
cracking with emotion, she gave her final
speech in the House of Lords – a moving
appeal for her fellow peers to support an
international initiative to share resources,
research and new treatments for the disease,
winning a standing ovation in a breach of
parliamentary protocol.
Her marriage to Roger Jowell was
dissolved in 1977. She married David Mills in
1979. He survives her with their son and
daughter and three stepchildren.
Tessa Jowell, born September 17 1947, died
May 12 2018
Michael White
Member of the Thompson Twins who became a bestselling writer of biographies and thrillers
White: (left) in
1997 and (right)
during his brief
period of pop
stardom in the
early 1980s
ICHAEL WHITE, who has died
aged 58, became a bestselling
author of biographies, books of
popular science and thrillers
after a brief period as a member in the early
1980s of the Thompson Twins, a “New
Romantic” pop group notable for their big
hair and for the fact that there were more
than two of them.
The biography on White’s website claims
that he was the only person to appear in
three Top 10 charts – as a musician, a
novelist and a non-fiction writer.
Michael White was born in Southend on
February 16 1959, one of six children of a
small businessman whose interior
decoration business periodically went
bankrupt because of his addiction to
gambling. As a result the family moved
about 12 times during Michael’s childhood.
From the age of 16, first at Thorpe Hall
school, Southend, then at King’s College,
London, where he read Chemistry, White
was involved in student pop bands with a
girlfriend. In 1982, as Colour-Me-Pop, they
had a minor hit with When Sex Was Fun,
which reached No 98 in the charts and No 2
in the Indie charts.
As a result they were invited to support
an up-and-coming group called the
Thompson Twins on a world tour, and
White was asked to join the band as a
guitarist during the recording of their first
hit album Quick Step and Side Kick.
He had his 1930s-era haircut restyled into
a “Thompson Twins special” – shaved sides,
dyed black around the ears, spiky and
bright orange on top – but his membership
of the band was short-lived, ending when
his girlfriend left him for someone else.
Back in Britain White moved into an Oxford
bedsit and signed on for the dole.
In 1985 he became a science teacher at
d’Overbroeck’s College, an independent
sixth form college in Oxford. He ended up
being the head of the chemistry department
and head of studies. At the same time he
embarked on a parallel career as a writer.
An interview with the BBC led to some
freelance scriptwriting, newspaper
journalism and then a post as science editor
at GQ magazine. Towards the end of the
1980s he got an idea to write a biography of
Stephen Hawking and, together with John
Gribbin, an established science writer, he
published Stephen Hawking: A Life in
Science (1992) which went on to become the
No 1 bestseller in Britain and was translated
into 20 languages. White soon gave up
teaching to be a full-time writer.
He went on to write 27 more non-fiction
books, including biographies of Tolkein,
Machiavelli, CS Lewis, Isaac Asimov,
Darwin and Einstein (both with John
Gribbin) and popular works on the science
of Doctor Who and of The X-Files.
His Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer, in
which he explored Newton’s interest in
alchemy and the occult, was nominated by
four British newspapers as “book of the
year” in 1997, though it caused some
controversy with its contention that the
great physicist’s exploits in alchemy
inspired his scientific work.
White’s Leonardo: The First Scientist, was
the fourth bestselling science book of 2000
in Britain and sold a million worldwide. The
Pope and the Heretic (2002) told the story of
Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), a Dominican
friar who became a travelling teacher and
writer before being tried and executed for
heresy. The same year Rivals, a history of
scientific rivalry from Newton to Bill Gates,
was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize.
Despite his success with non-fiction,
White had always wanted to be a novelist.
He tried his luck with six novels, all of
which were turned down by publishers,
before striking gold in 2007 with his
seventh, Equinox, a murder mystery which
he described as “a cross between The X-Files
and Inspector Morse”.
The book inspired a bidding war among
European publishers at the 2005 Frankfurt
book fair. By the time Random House
snapped up the UK rights, some 28
countries had forked out record sums for it,
swelling the total advance to more than
$1 million.
Equinox became an international
bestseller, as did his second novel, The
Medici Secret, inspired by the digging up of
mummified remains in the Medici Chapel in
Florence. White’s other novels included The
Borgia Ring; The Art of Murder and The
Kennedy Conspiracy. He also wrote under
the pseudonyms Tom West and Sam Fisher.
In 2002 White emigrated from Britain
(on a “distinguished talent” visa) to
Australia, for its “sunshine, beautiful
beaches and athletes [who] win things”,
eventually settling in Perth.
There, in addition to writing, he joined a
local television show Can We Help?
answering questions from the public on
such issues as “Why did the apple hit
Newton’s head?”. He was made an honorary
research fellow at Curtin University, Perth,
held writing courses as “The Book Guru”
and taught at the University of Western
White died a few days before submitting
his PhD, which he was doing at the
University of Western Australia. He is
survived by his wife, Lisa, and by a
daughter and three sons.
Michael White, born February 16 1959,
died February 6 2018
who has died
aged 36, was the
founder and lead
singer of the
Scottish indie rock
band Frightened
Rabbit; he was also
a songwriter and
artist, writing
most of the band’s
often idiosyncratic
lyrics and having a ‘When I’m miserable, I’m genuinely miserable’
hand in the visual
appearance of their record
with the Canadian Indie
band Arcade Fire. Two more
The band’s name came
albums followed, Pedestrian
from his mother, who would Verse (2013) and Painting of
describe young Scott as a
a Panic Attack (2016),.
“frightened rabbit” when in
Hutchison would
a social situation. “If you put sometimes speak of himself
me in a party I’ll be
as two separate people: the
completely useless,” he told
first as a writer of soulful,
The Daily Telegraph in 2009. introspective songs; the
In 2003 Hutchison began second as a touring artist:
performing as Frightened
“If the guy that writes and
Rabbit, or FRabbit, and was
makes albums were to come
soon joined by his brother,
on tour with us he’d be
Grant, on drums. Only 1,000 extremely frustrated.” He
copies of their first album,
also discovered that his
Sing the Greys (2006), were
earthy lyrics would need
made, but it was so well
toning down for the
received that the following
American market, especially
year a remastered version
his use of the c-word. “In
was released. “It’s louder
Britain, particularly in
and everything is fuller and
Scotland, that word is just …
bigger,” he said.
punctuation,” he said with
At their early gigs
apparent bewilderment.
Hutchison would invite fans
Scott Hutchison was born
to email him for a free demo in Selkirk, in the Scottish
album, which he would
borders, on November 20
send out with biscuits, many 1982, one of three sons of
of which ended up as bags of Ron and Marion Hutchison,
and studied illustration at
The Midnight Organ Fight Glasgow School of Art. As a
(2008) was a break-up
student he worked in a
album filled with inwardwhisky shop in Glasgow.
looking but sometimes
At times he also worked
unexpectedly exhilarating
with other musicians, and
tracks about love, lust, loss
recently he and his brother
and grief, characterised by
Grant had joined forces with
the emotional urgency of
Justin and James Lockey to
Hutchison’s distinctive,
perform as Mastersystem,
Scottish-accented vocals. By releasing a grungy,
this time Frightened Rabbit
alternative rock album
had been joined by the
called Dance Music. But he
guitarist Billy Kennedy. The was quick to reassure
group later grew with the
Frightened Rabbit fans that
addition of the guitarist and this was no more than a
keyboard player Andy
brief diversion: “It was nice
Monaghan and others.
to have another outlet that
The Midnight Organ Fight was simply lyrics and
achieved considerable
vocals.” He also released a
critical acclaim and the band solo album called Owl John
were offered a supporting
role on the American rock
Hutchison often spoke
band Death Cab for Cutie’s
about depression, and The
UK tour in 2008, though
Midnight Organ Fight
this, on top of the band’s
includes a track called
own schedule, left
Floating in the Forth. “I’ve
Hutchison so drained that
thought about it before,” he
afterwards he escaped to a
said in 2007. “When I’m
village on the east coast of
miserable, I’m genuinely
miserable.” He went missing
The ocean setting proved last Wednesday; his body
to be the inspiration for the
was found the next evening
songs that formed The
near the Forth Road Bridge.
Winter of Mixed Drinks
Scott Hutchison is
(2010): “It influenced
survived by his parents and
everything, from the time of his brothers, Grant and Neil.
day when I would write to
the sound of the songs.” The Scott Hutchison, born
album’s rich wall-of-sound
November 20 1981, found
effect drew comparisons
dead May 10 2018
Monday 14 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
The weekend on television
What to watch
Cumberbatch dazzles in this
stylish take on 1980s excess
The right side of pastiche: Benedict Cumberbatch starred in ‘Patrick Melrose’
ews that a TV adaptation
of the Patrick Melrose
novels was in the works
quite rightly raised some
eyebrows. Edward St
Aubyn’s pentalogy, a
semi-autobiographical series about a
young aristocratic addict who was
abused by his father, would surely be
impossible to film. The stories are all
character rather than plot, and most of
their strength comes from St Aubyn’s
merciless prose, which captures
Patrick’s broken interior with riveting
Lucky the first episode of Patrick
Melrose, based on the book Bad News,
which aired on Sky Atlantic last night,
renders all fears misplaced. From the
first scene, in which a groggy Patrick
(Benedict Cumberbatch) answered the
phone to learn his father had died in
New York, everything clicked. David
Nicholls’s script was impressively
faithful to its source, while Edward
Berger’s direction beautifully captured
the novels’ icy stylishness: the austere
English tailoring, the opulent hotel
bathrooms, the oppressive earlyEighties Manhattan restaurants.
At the centre of it all was
Cumberbatch. His features are now so
familiar, it’s easy to forget that before
Sherlock and Star Trek and Doctor
Strange there was just a young actor
with amazing range and depth. As
Melrose travelled to New York to
collect his old man and embark on a
Herculean drink and drugs binge,
Cumberbatch deployed his whole bag
of tricks: dozens of different voices,
withering humour, self-pity, elation,
lust, suicidal misery, confusion,
loathing, affection, sometimes all
within a sentence or a single word.
Even the intoxication stayed the
right side of pastiche. Those who
saw Leonardo DiCaprio’s Quaalude
“walk” in The Wolf of Wall Street
might have thought the genre had
been mastered, but Cumberbatch
trumps him there, too. There were
other actors, other characters –
especially Hugo Weaving as the
hideous Melrose Snr – but they hardly
got a look in. The men and women
around Patrick tolerate him, more or
less, because of his princely bearing
and the money in his pocket, but he
cannot forgive himself.
Plenty will find the same problems
here that critics had with St Aubyn’s
novels: that it’s a superficial,
uneventful and self-indulgent parade
of posh people making problems for
themselves. Most will see a brutal,
funny, virtuosic examination of how
the mind, under stress, can make a
torture chamber of the most gilded
surroundings. Ed Cumming
f you hadn’t heard of Donald Glover
last week, chances are you have
now. On Saturday night, the
cultural polymath released the
state-of-the-nation track This Is
America under his rap alias Childish
Gambino. By Monday, the
accompanying music video had
become the most talked-about in
recent memory, by turns satirical and
polemical in its exploration of gun
crime and racial tensions. Even the
Today programme pored over the
lyrics and provocative imagery.
BBC Two must be delighted.
Indeed, since it bought the rights to
Atlanta, the show’s creator and star
has graduated from critical darling –
adored by anyone who watched the
cult US comedy Community – to global
sensation. Admittedly, series one of
Atlanta isn’t exactly new; it aired on
Fox in 2016. But those who missed it
then would be wise to catch it now on
terrestrial TV. Offbeat and richly
nuanced, it unfolds at a meditative
pace while making sharp observations
about pop culture, capitalism and
crime. There aren’t jokes or set-ups –
yet it’s very funny, the deadpan
exchanges perfectly judged.
At heart, Atlanta is about a broke,
down-on-his-luck Princeton dropout
called Earn (Glover) and his efforts to
kick-start a music-management career
by representing his cousin Paper Boi
Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), a talented
local rapper who sells drugs to make
ends meet. As was the case in last
night’s opening double-bill, it’s a show
that feels authentic, and has fleeting
moments of vituperation in its analysis
of American racial attitudes – there
was a toe-curling scene, for example,
in which a white radio-station
employee felt completely at ease
saying the N-word to Earn.
In the lead role, Glover is superb,
possessed of a kind languid charm that
allows the actors around him to thrive:
Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), especially,
whose philosophical stoner Darius is
brilliantly off-centre. Yes, it
occasionally feels a little too pleased
with itself, but ultimately Atlanta is
timely, atmospheric and potent –
much like This Is America.
Patrick Smith
Patrick Melrose ★★★★★
Atlanta ★★★★
Catching a Killer:
A Knock at the Door
ITV, 9.00PM
“I’ve had seven years
of my life stolen, and
now I want justice,” says a
defiant David Collins,
released from jail on a
technicality for the
murder of his wife at the
start of ITV’s new crime
series. Screened over four
successive nights – an
increasingly common
format in the binge-watch
era – the drama follows
Collins (Lee Ingleby) as he
attempts to prove his
innocence and punish
those who’ve wronged
him. Chief among targets
are Collins’s wife’s hostile
sister Alice (Hermione
Norris), who’s currently
raising his two children,
and his former best friend
Tom (Elliot Cowan), who
scotched Collins’s alibi
for the night of the killing.
The police, meanwhile,
are anxious to save face.
They charge beady-eyed
DI Cathy Hudson (Angel
Coulby) to look at the
case afresh, but she
soon finds worrying
inconsistencies in the
former investigation.
The show hardly breaks
new ground, relying on
the simple premise of
“guilty or not” to drive
the action, neatly swaying
our sympathies along
the way. But it’s
 This fascinating series
following a real-life murder
investigation returns with
the case of pensioner Hang
Yin Leung. In January 2017,
Mrs Leung was violently
attacked by burglars in her
Milton Keynes home. Before
she could give the police a
statement, she became ill
and died in hospital 11 days
later. TD
Myanmar’s Killing Fields
CHANNEL 4, 10.20PM
 In this unflinching
documentary, reporter Evan
Williams looks at the plight
of Myanmar’s Rohingya
people, who have been
subjected to five years of
persecution at the hands of
the country’s military. TD
 This sprawling sci-fi
thriller has upped the
goriness for its second series,
Under suspicion: Hermione Norris and Adrian Rawlins
compellingly acted none
the less, with both Ingleby
and Norris on fine,
emotionally intense
exploring the possibility of
humans living on other
planets. In between is
another chance to see the
2004 drama Hawking,
starring Benedict
Cumberbatch, and an
absorbing Horizon
documentary from 2005. TD
Peter Kay’s Car Share
 Last weekend brought us
Peter Kay’s Car Share
Unscripted, which saw the
car buddies riffing on
whatever came into their
heads. But before the final
episode in a few weeks’
time, BBC One are repeating
both series of Kay’s brilliant,
Bafta-winning comedy. TD
Stephen Hawking Night
 BBC Four revisits the life
of the late physicist Stephen
Hawking through its
form. And knowing the
next episode is just a day
away adds to the appeal.
Toby Dantzic
Heart Transplant:
A Chance to Live
Stephen Hawking Night
archives. The evening opens
with an episode of The Sky at
Night from 2016, in which
Hawking discusses how
developments enhanced
his groundbreaking theories
on black holes. The Search
for a New Earth rounds
things off, with Hawking
 This film follows seven
patients waiting for heart
transplants at Newcastle’s
Freeman Hospital – and they
may be luckier than many.
A groundbreaking process
means that organs can now
be sourced from further
afield, therefore widening
the donor pool. TD
Westworld: Ed Harris
as the robotic “hosts” take
control of their destiny. In
episode four, bigwig Delos
(Peter Mullan) loses patience
with a stalling William
(Jimmi Simpson). TD
Royal Recipes: Wedding
 Ahead of Saturday’s
festivities, Michael Buerk is
joined by chefs Anna Haugh
and Paul Ainsworth to pore
over menus linked to royal
romance. The first offerings
include a pudding made for
a love-struck princess. TD
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo
RADIO 2, 5.00PM
 Radio 2’s long-promised
schedule shuffle finally kicks
in this week. Big changes
are always unnerving for
regular listeners, but this
new show format sounds
rather promising: Simon
Mayo’s drive-time slot has
been extended and given a
Radio 1
FM 97.6-99.8MHz
6.30 am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show with Scott Mills
10.00 Adele Roberts
12.45 pm Newsbeat
1.00 Matt and Mollie
4.00 Greg James
5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James
7.00 Clara Amfo
9.00 The 8th with Charlie Sloth
11.00 Huw Stephens
1.00 am Radio 1’s Drum & Bass
Show with Rene LaVice
3.00 Radio 1’s Specialist Chart
with Phil Taggart
4.00 - 6.30am Early Breakfast
with Adele Roberts
Radio 2
FM 88-90.2MHz
am Chris Evans
Ken Bruce
Jeremy Vine
pm Steve Wright in the
◆ Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo.
See Radio choice
The Cerys Matthews Blues
Jools Holland
Sara Cox
OJ Borg
am Johnnie Walker’s
Sounds of the 70s
- 6.30am Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
FM 90.2-92.4MHz
6.30 am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
1.00 pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
The Schumann Quartet
plays Shostakovich and
2.00 Afternoon Concert. The
BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra performs
Smetana, Chopin
and Dvorak
co-presenter, Jo Whiley,
who is, incredibly, the
station’s first female daytime
presenter since 1998. Will
the chemistry sizzle? Only
time will tell, but Benedict
Cumberbatch is their first
guest, so fingers crossed.
Plenty of other changes
take place on Radio 2 this
week too, so do not adjust
your set.
In Tune
In Tune Mixtape
Radio 3 in Concert
Music Matters
The Essay: To the
11.00 Jazz Now
12.30 - 6.30am Through the
Radio 4
FM 92.4-94.6MHz; LW 198KHz
6.00 am Today
9.00 Start the Week
9.45 FM: Book of the Week: The
Book: A Cover-to-Cover
Exploration of the Most
Powerful Object of Our
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10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 The Untold
11.30 ◆ The Break. See Radio
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12.04 Dr Broks’ Casebook
12.15 You and Yours
12.57 Weather
1.00 The World at One
1.45 The Assassination
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2.15 Drama: Wild West
3.00 Brain of Britain
3.30 The Food Programme
4.00 With Great Pleasure
4.30 Beyond Belief
5.00 PM
5.54 LW: Shipping Forecast
5.57 Weather
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Just a Minute
7.00 The Archers
7.15 Front Row
7.45 Wuthering Heights
8.00 A Church in Crisis
8.30 Crossing Continents
9.00 Is Eating Plants Wrong?
9.30 Start the Week
9.59 Weather
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The
Female Persuasion
11.00 Word of Mouth
11.30 Today in Parliament
12.00 News and Weather
The Break
RADIO 4, 11.30AM
 After a first romp last
year, the highly enjoyable
seaside comedy The Break
returns for a second series,
starring Alison Steadman
and Philip Jackson (Poirot)
among a tightly melded
ensemble. Twentysomething
city boy Andy Chambers
12.30 am Book of the Week:
The Book: A Cover-to-Cover
Exploration of the
Most Powerful Object
of Our Time
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 - 6.00am Tweet of the Day
Radio 5 Live
MW 693 & 909KHz
6.00 am 5 Live Breakfast
10.00 The Emma Barnett Show
with Anna Foster
1.00 pm Afternoon Edition
4.00 5 Live Drive
7.00 5 Live Sport: The Monday
Night Club
9.00 5 Live Sport: The Tuffers
and Vaughan Cricket Show
10.30 Phil Williams
1.00 am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports
5.15 - 6.00am Wake Up to Money
Classic FM
FM 99.9-101.9MHz
am More Music Breakfast
John Suchet
pm Anne-Marie Minhall
Classic FM Drive
Smooth Classics at Seven
The Full Works Concert.
The first of two concerts
devoted to successful
musical pairings, featuring
pieces by the Ayoub
Sisters, and Neville and
Andrew Marriner
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00 - 6.00am Sam Pittis
World Service
6.00am Newsday 8.06 HARDtalk 8.30
Business Daily 8.50 Witness 9.00
News 9.06 The Arts Hour 10.00 World
Update 11.00 The Newsroom 11.30
The Conversation 12.00 News
12.06pm Outlook 1.00 The Newsroom
(Tom Palmer) has grown a
beard – so things must be
bad – and is back staying at
his Uncle Jeff ’s (Jackson)
seaside home in Flamford.
Unfortunately, however, a
major film is being shot on
location, and there are
Hollywood Nazis
everywhere. The
performances are deft and
the writing snappy.
1.30 The Why Factor 1.50 More or
Less 2.00 Newshour 3.00 News 3.06
HARDtalk 3.30 World Business Report
4.00 BBC OS 6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
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8.00 News 8.06 HARDtalk 8.30
Discovery 9.00 Newshour 10.00 News
10.06 The Why Factor 10.30 The
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The Newsroom 11.20 Sports News
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News 12.06am The Arts Hour 1.00
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News 2.06 The Newsroom 2.30 The
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News 3.06 Newsday 3.30 In the
Studio 4.00 News 4.06 Newsday
5.00 News 5.06 The Newsroom
5.30 - 6.00am Discovery
Radio 4 Extra
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John Barry – The Lost Tapes 7.00
Winston in Europe 7.30 The
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Hour 8.30 Flywheel, Shyster and
Flywheel 9.00 Just a Minute 9.30
Bangers and Mash 10.00 The Mill on
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of Murder, Mystery and Suspense
11.15 Birthday Shoes 12.00 Hancock’s
Half Hour 12.30pm Flywheel, Shyster
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Orders 1.30 John Barry – The Lost
Tapes 2.00 The Secret History 2.15
Britain on the Bottle: Alcohol and the
State 2.30 Gillespie and I 2.45 Falling
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4.00 Just a Minute 4.30 Bangers and
Mash 5.00 Winston in Europe 5.30 The
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Space Odyssey 6.15 The Book of
Strange New Things 6.30 A Good Read
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Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel 8.00
High Table, Lower Orders 8.30 John
Barry – The Lost Tapes 9.00 Short
Works: A Season of Murder, Mystery
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Strange New Things 12.30 A Good
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The Secret History 2.15 Britain on the
Bottle: Alcohol and the State 2.30
Gillespie and I 2.45 Falling Upwards
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1.20 Top of the Pops: 1983
2.15 Plastic: How It Works
3.15 - 3.45am Civilisations
11.15am You’ve Been Framed! Gold
12.15pm Emmerdale 12.45 Coronation
Street 1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 6.00 You’ve
Been Framed! Gold 8.00 Two and a Half
Men 8.30 Superstore 9.00 Family Guy
10.00 Plebs 10.30 Family Guy 11.00
American Dad! 12.05am The Cleveland
Show 12.35 Two and a Half Men 1.05
Superstore 1.30 Through the Keyhole
2.30-6.00am Teleshopping
Noon The Goldbergs 1.00pm The Big
Bang Theory 2.00 How I Met Your
Mother 3.00 New Girl 4.00 Black-ish
5.00 The Goldbergs 6.00 The Big Bang
Theory 7.00 Hollyoaks 7.30 Black-ish
8.00 The Big Bang Theory 8.30 Young
Sheldon 9.00 Made in Chelsea 10.00
Body Fixers 11.05 The Big Bang Theory
12.05am Tattoo Fixers 1.10 Made in
Chelsea 2.10 First Dates 3.05 First Dates
Abroad 3.30-4.25am Body Fixers
11.35am Four in a Bed 2.10pm Come
Dine with Me 4.50 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun 5.55 A New Life in the Sun
6.55 The Secret Life of the Zoo 7.55
Grand Designs 9.00 Building Giants:
Super Stadium 10.00 Big Ben: Saving the
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am A Touch of Frost
pm The Royal
Classic Coronation Street
On the Buses
You’re Only Young Twice
George and Mildred
Murder, She Wrote
Invitation to a Royal
Prince Harry’s Story: Four
Royal Weddings
DCI Banks
am Scott & Bailey
On the Buses
George and Mildred
ITV3 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
World’s Most Famous Clock 11.40 8 Out
of 10 Cats Does Countdown 12.45am
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 1.45
Building Giants: Super Stadium 2.50 8
Out of 10 Cats 3.30-3.55am 8 Out of
10 Cats: Best Bits
Noon American Pickers 1.00pm QI XL
2.00 Top Gear 3.00 Deadly 60 4.00
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
5.00 Top Gear 6.00 Taskmaster 7.00 QI
XL 8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad 9.00
Live at the Apollo 10.00 Have I Got a Bit
More News for You 11.00 QI XL 12.00
QI 12.40am Mock the Week 2.00 QI
2.40 The Last Man on Earth 3.304.00am The Indestructibles
Sky Sports Main Event
10.00am Live ATP Tennis. The Italian
Open. Coverage of day one of the ATP
World Tour 1000 event from the Foro
Italico in Rome, featuring matches from
the first round 3.00pm Live Indian
Premier League. Kings XI Punjab v Royal
Challengers Bangalore. Coverage of the
Twenty20 match at the Holkar Cricket
Stadium, Indore 7.30 Live EFL. Fulham v
Derby County (kick-off 7.45pm). Coverage
of the Championship play-off semi-final
second-leg clash at Craven Cottage 10.15
Fight Night 11.45 Sky Sports Boxing
Gold 12.00-6.00am Sky Sports News
My Life So Far (1999)
AMC, 5.10PM ★★★
 Colin Firth stars as an eccentric
inventor living on a Scottish estate
during the Twenties in this twee
drama from Chariots of Fire director
Hugh Hudson. It’s seen from the
perspective of the family’s 10-year-old
son whose peaceful family life is
shattered when a seriesof traumatic
events, including the arrival of a suitor
for his sister and his uncle’s alluring
French fiancée (Irène Jacob), happen
over a tumultuous year.
Police Interceptors
7.00 Channel 4 News (S)
7.55 The Political Slot The SNP’s view on
the introduction of a minimum unit
price for alcohol (S)
8.00 Holidays Unpacked Lucy Hedges
visits Cambodia. Last in the series
(AD) (S)
7.00 World’s Fastest Train Four
engineering breakthroughs that
paved the way for France’s TGV
(R) (S)
SKY ONE, 9.00PM ★★★★★
8.00 Police Interceptors Paul “Jacko”
Jackson is forced to draw his Taser
8.30 Tricks of the Restaurant Trade
A report on healthy chips (AD) (S)
9.00 Catching a Killer: A Knock at the
Door A woman who died after
being assaulted during a burglary
See What to watch (AD) (S)
10.20 Myanmar’s Killing Fields Alleged
atrocities by the Myanmar
authorities against the Rohingya
See What to watch (AD) (S)
11.20 999: What’s Your Emergency?
12.25am The Secret Life of the Zoo
1.20 The Supervet 2.15 Extreme
Cake Makers: Royal Wedding Special
3.10 Gok’s Fill Your House for Free
4.05 Best Laid Plans 5.00 Jamie’s
Comfort Food Bites 5.10 - 6.00am
Fifteen to One
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
9.00 Paddington Station 24/7
Thousands of passengers pass
through on the way to the
Cheltenham Festival (S)
 Steven Spielberg’s vision of the
Normandy invasion won Oscars
galore. Starring Tom Hanks and
Matt Damon, it chronicles a GI squad
who have been ordered to track
down Private Ryan (Damon), so that
he can return home to his mother
who is grieving for her three other
sons. The opening, which depicts
the Omaha Beach assault, provides
some of the most visceral battle
scenes in cinema.
10.00 Cocaine: Can’t Stop Using A look at
how smuggling is feeding the UK’s
drug habits. Last in the series (S)
11.05 Criminals Caught on Camera
12.05am America’s Toughest
Prisons 1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain
4.00 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink
4.45 House Doctor 5.10 Wildlife SOS
5.35 - 6.00am Wildlife SOS
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
No variations
10.45pm View from Stormont
11.45 On Assignment
12.15am Teleshopping 1.45 3.00am ITV Nightscreen
BBC One:
7.30 - 8.00pm Landward
10.45 Beyond the Asylum
11.15 Have I Got a Bit More
News for You 12.00 The
Graham Norton Show 12.50 6.00am BBC News
BBC Two:
No variations
8.00 - 8.30pm The People’s
History Show 10.30 Scotland
Tonight 11.05 On Assignment
11.40 easyJet: Inside the
Cockpit 12.35am
Teleshopping 2.35 After
Midnight 3.35 ITV
Nightscreen 4.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show 5.00 - 6.00am
BBC One:
No variations
BBC Two:
11.25pm Versailles 12.20am
Versailles 1.15 - 2.10am
ITV Wales:
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six 8.00 - 8.30 Wales
This Week 10.45 Sharp End
11.15 On Assignment 11.45 12.15am Love Your Garden
ITV Regions
No variations, except:
ITV Channel:
12.15 - 3.00am ITV
FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
Freeview, satellite and cable
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Film choice
Main channels
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am The Avengers
pm Ironside
Quincy ME
The Saint
The Avengers
Cash Cowboys
Pawn Stars
Mr Bean
Mr Bean
FILM: The Bourne
Supremacy (2004) Action
sequel starring Matt Damon
pm FILM: RoboCop 3
(1993) Sci-fi thriller sequel
am Motorsport UK
The Protectors
ITV4 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
Sky Sports Premier
Noon Best PL Goals 16/17 1.00pm
Adieu Arsene 1.30 Premier League
Highlights 5.00 Soccer AM: The Best Bits
5.30 Adieu Arsene 6.00 Stars Of Russia
6.30 Destination Russia 7.00 Stars Of
Russia 7.30 Season Review – Managers
Special 8.00 Premier League Review
9.00 Stars Of Russia 9.30 Destination
Russia 10.00 PL Greatest Games 10.15
The Debate – Season Review 11.15 Adieu
Arsene 11.45 PL Greatest Games 12.00
The Debate – Season Review 1.006.00am Premier League Highlights
BT Sport 1
10.00am Live WTA Tennis. Day one of
the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, a
key tournament as players continue
preparations ahead of the French Open
10.00pm Premier League Reload 10.15
BT Sport Goals Reload 10.45 BT Sport
Films 12.15am NBA Reload 12.30 UFC
Top 10 1.00 UFC Top 10 1.30 NBA High
Tops: Plays of the Month 2.00-4.30am
Live NBA. Houston Rockets v Golden
State Warriors (Tip-off 2.00am)
Noon Project Impossible 1.00pm Pawn
Stars 2.00 American Pickers 3.00
Counting Cars 4.00 Storage Wars 5.00
Sky One
SKY 106 VIRGIN 110
NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
FILM: Saving Private Ryan
(1998) Second World War
drama See Film choice
am Brit Cops: Rapid
Ross Kemp: Extreme World
- 4.00am Jamestown
Project Impossible 6.00 Forged in Fire
7.00 American Pickers 8.00 Project
Impossible 9.00 Days That Shaped
America 10.00 Ronnie O’Sullivan’s
American Hustle 11.00 Ancient Aliens
12.00 Kingpin 1.50am Project
Impossible 2.50 Ancient Aliens
3.55-5.00am Forged in Fire
Sky Arts
Noon The Eighties 1.00pm Discovering:
Charlton Heston 2.00 Watercolour
Challenge 2.30 Art of the Portrait 3.00
The South Bank Show Originals 3.30
Tales of the Unexpected 4.00 Classic
Albums 5.00 Too Young to Die 6.00
Discovering: Judy Garland 7.00 Auction
7.30 Discovering: The Monkees 8.00
Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 9.00
Andre Rieu: European Dream 10.00 Tate
Britain’s Great Art Walks 11.00 Passions
12.00 Mystery of the Lost Paintings
1.00am Hollywood: No Sex, Please
2.00-4.30am Sex & the Silver Screen
Sky Cinema Premiere
24 hours, including at:
6.00pm Basmati Blues (2017) Premiere.
A scientist is sent to India to sell the
genetically modified rice she created.
Romantic comedy starring Brie Larson
and Utkarsh Ambudkar 8.00 Anon
(2018) In a world without anonymity or
crime, a detective meets a woman who
Sky Atlantic
SKY 108
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pm Without a Trace
The British
The West Wing
CSI: Crime Scene
Blue Bloods
Westworld See What
to watch
Last Week Tonight with
John Oliver
Real Time with Bill Maher
am The Circus
CSI: Crime Scene
- 4.15am High Maintenance
11.00 am The Victors (1963, b/w)
Second World War drama
starring George Peppard
2.05 pm Crash Dive (1943)
Romantic wartime drama
4.20 Attack! (1956, b/w)
Second World War drama
6.30 The Fault in Our Stars
(2014) Romantic drama
starring Shailene Woodley
and Ansel Elgort
9.00 Captain America: The First
Avenger (2011) Superhero
adventure with Chris Evans
11.25 Ted (2012) Comedy starring
Mark Wahlberg
1.30 - 3.25am The Sessions
(2012) Comedy drama
starring John Hawkes
threatens their security. Sci-fi thriller
starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried
9.45 Annabelle: Creation (2017)
Horror starring Anthony LaPaglia See
Film choice 11.40 Rise Of The
Footsoldier 3 (2017) Crime prequel
starring Craig Fairbrass 1.25am Anon
(2018) Sci-fi thriller starring Clive Owen
and Amanda Seyfried 3.10 Anon: Special
3.40-5.30am Girl Flu (2016) Comedy
starring Katee Sackhoff
on holiday. Coming-of-age comedy
starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De
Mornay 11.05 Nowhere to Run (1993)
Action adventure with Jean-Claude Van
Damme 1.10am Conspiracy Theory with
Jesse Ventura 3.15-5.00am Hollywood’s
Best Film Directors
PBS America
11.30am The Victorians 12.50pm
Ancient Greek Heroes 1.55 Plane
Resurrection 3.00 Ancient Worlds 4.10
The Victorians 5.30 Ancient Greek
Heroes 6.35 Plane Resurrection 7.50
The Last Days of Anne Boleyn 9.00
Ancient Worlds 10.15 Henry VIII:
Mind of a Tyrant 11.25 The Last Days
of Anne Boleyn 12.40am Ancient
Worlds 2.00-6.00am Teleshopping
24 hours, including at:
3.20pm Kelly’s Heroes (1970) Second
World War adventure starring Clint
Eastwood 6.20 All the President’s Men
(1976) Political drama starring Robert
Redford and Dustin Hoffman 9.00 Risky
Business (1983) An upper-class suburban
teenager turns his family home into a
brothel while his unwitting parents are
11.20am You Rang, M’Lord? 12.20pm
Are You Being Served? 1.00 Hi-de-Hi!
1.40 Porridge 2.20 The Green Green
Grass 3.00 Last of the Summer Wine
5.00 Are You Being Served? 5.40 You
Rang, M’Lord? 6.40 Dad’s Army 7.20
Hi-de-Hi! 8.00 Dad’s Army 8.40 Porridge
9.20 Blackadder the Third 10.00 Upstart
Crow 10.40 The Royle Family 12.00 Jack
Dee Live at the Apollo 1.00am Come Fly
with Me 1.40 Blackadder the Third 2.20
Upstart Crow 2.50 The Royle Family
3.25-4.00am Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Vintage TV
11.00am Monday Melodies 1.00pm My
Mixtape 2.00 Shades Of The ‘90s 5.00
Tune In… To 1982 6.00 Tune In… To
1989 7.00 Tune In… To 1991 8.00
Songs From The Silverscreen 9.00
Garage Rock Revisited 10.00 Power Of
Love 10.30 Live With… CC Smugglers
11.00 Musical Merseyside 12.00 The
Night Shift 3.00-6.00am Neil
McCormick’s Needle Time
 This unashamedly daft prequel to
Annabelle, the 2014 chiller which
focuses on the demonic rag doll from
the Conjuring series, is far more
affective at giving you the kind of
goose-bumpy working-over the
creators are going for. Following the
death of their daughter, toymaker Sam
(Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife Esther
(Miranda Otto) set up an orphanage.
Unfortunately, the creepy doll is
discovered locked in a cupboard.
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